Sex Education

21st Century SRE - Time for a Party?

Simon Blake | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

t is clear that the consensus in support of SRE keeps on and on building, both across political parties, professional groups and the general public, but is it time to get out the party frock? Let's keep our fingers crossed, but my instinct is probably not just yet.

Why We Must Have Compulsory Sex Education for Our Boys and Girls

Diana Johnson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

The prevalence of violence against women and this latest research ought to shock us out of our complacency. We simply cannot go on shutting our eyes and hoping the problem will solve itself. As well as tackling violence when it occurs, we must seek to prevent it happening in the first place. Compulsory sex and relationship education in schools is key to this.

Teens Need a Sex Ed That Tackles Sexting and Porn - Explaining the Benefits, Not Just the Risks

Tilly Grove | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

If the government is really committed to giving teens the SRE that they deserve, then it should recognise that this aspect of sex and relationships - the pleasurable part - is just as important as the potential dangers. There is nothing wrong with young people wanting to watch porn, wanting to sext, and wanting to have sex.

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Emily Hoyle | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

The constant bombardment of messages that disapprove female sexuality and jubilate male sexuality creates confusion about what sex and sexuality really mean. As author of 'The Lolita Effect' M G Durham, wrote "I despise the social double standards that celebrate boys' 'studliness' and condemn girls' desires."

Pushed Towards Porn?

Anastasia de Waal | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Anastasia de Waal

The relationship between sex and reproduction, and respect for one's body and for consent, cannot reasonably be considered contentious topics and therefore avoided. What is more, we're hearing from charities like TeenBoundaries, whose work strives to plug the current gaps in sex education, that a lack of basic information on sex is sending young people to pornography for the answers.

Altering the Age of Consent Will Change Little

Danielle Lowe | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Recently the debate about the age of consent has flared up in the United Kingdom again. Is 16 the right age or does it do harm to children and adults alike? An argument that I haven't seen raised very often, but one that I have believed in for a long time points out that the age of consent is a much more complex issue.

Let's Talk About Sex

Nash Riggins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nash Riggins

If there's anything worse than watching an out-of-touch politician squirm his or her way into a debate on sex, it's watching an entire gaggle of politicians squirm their way into a debate on our children having sex. Well, it's turning out to be that kind of week.

Who Says We Can't Be Sexy?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I have become a bit evangelical around issues of sex and disability. When I started my career as a TV presenter and journalist in the early 1990s I convinced Channel 4 to commission a documentary on the subject called Willing and Able, which I think explored many of the issues that Enhance The UK are still trying to confront over twenty years later.

The Age of Consent - I Welcome Cross-Party Support to Keep It at 16

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

I was very interested at the range of responses and I was particularly pleased that a cross-party consensus emerged from the debate to keep the age of consent at 16. That reflects the broad consensus that exists in the country: the age of consent is a good indicator of the age at which we think people will be mature enough to enjoy and take responsibility for their sexual decisions.

An Open Letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Natasha Devon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natasha Devon

Whilst I cannot condone the way in which your policies have in my opinion ostracised those young people whose talents fall outside the traditionally academic, I am actually writing to outline how our classes and other expertly delivered emotional education can and are assisting you in your agenda...

Is Section 28 Still In Force?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK

Dozens of British schools have been accused of having homophobic sex education policies in line with the notorious 'section 28' of years gone by. C...

Blood, Pads and Cups

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Chowdory

Having a period is an integral part of being a woman because it's intimately tied to our ability to reproduce. I have a cousin who didn't start her periods until she was 16 years old. Her mother thought she was 'damaged'. There is an awful inconvenience of having it happen but also the sense of relief that comes with having it (especially when you're waiting out a pregnancy scare).

Pornography, Young People, Safeguarding and Education

Simon Blake | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

This week David Cameron announced there will be new legislation making 'rape pornography' illegal. Beyond the accusations of censorship and an industry reluctant to engage, the realities are more subtle, the challenges more complex and the need for good education more acute.

Basically We Need Sex and Relationships Education Everywhere

Simon Blake | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

As you would expect there is a very wide range of different views about pornography and its impact on attitudes and behaviour. The evidence is in fact pretty unclear. It is crystal clear however is the back drop against which young people develop an understanding of sex and sexuality is changing dramatically in the digital age and access to pornography is getting easier.

Sex Education Should Cover the Sex Industry

Alice Rigby | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Sex is often an instigating element of relationships and the pressure from peers to engage is outstanding. The psychological damage caused by the influence of sexual relationships founded without understanding their emotional implications can be monumental and, more importantly, can alter a teenager's interpretation of a healthy relationship forever.

Men's Health Week - Time for Men to Open Up About Sexual Health

Dr Tom Brett | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Brett

Being too embarrassed to come forward can be potentially very dangerous, particularly when it comes to sexual health. Public Health England* recently released its latest statistics on STI diagnoses rates, which were widely reported in the media. It illustrated that there is still a widespread problem of people having unsafe sex

Top Private School To 'Get Porn Star To Teach Sex Education'

PA | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The headmaster of a top private school has suggested he could invite a porn star to help teach sex education. Mark Slater, of The Leys in Cambridge...

It's Time to Put Consent on the Curriculum - Why MPs Should Vote Yes on New Clause 20

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

On Monday, there will be a vote on an amendment to the Children & Families Bill to include Sex & Relationship Education in the national curriculum. If the amendment is carried, it will go into the bill. Why is it so important?

The S Word

Rebecca Allen | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Allen

Who remembers sex education at school? I do (it is permanently etched onto my frontal lobe). We were given a book in year eight with a well-thumbed page showing a cross section of sexual intercourse which looked more like a ham sandwich with legs than the beautiful act of love.

Lose the Lads' Mags? Lose the Censorship

Sarah Woolley | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
Sarah Woolley

As I squint at the raunchy front covers for Vogue and FHM, I realise that, despite the latter's promise to explain 'Why Gary Barlow Is Just Like You,' I am struggling to tell them apart. Hence my confusion that UK Feminista and Object only target men's magazines in their new campaign.

From Building Sites to Human Rights

Allan Hogarth | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

Over the years I have worked with, and met, some amazing and inspirational women who have offered me insight into the control and power dynamics, inequalities and prejudices that perpetuate violence against women and girls. Of course, these variants will differ from country to country, culture to culture, but one variant remains constant - MEN.

Warts and All: Porn and Young People

B.J. Epstein | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

We can use pornographic pictures and films as educational tools in classrooms. And we can also make better, more realistic ones, so that young people (and, of course, older people) have a chance to learn about sex in a way that's more authentic.

Pornography on the School Syllabus?

Pippa Smith | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Pippa Smith

New guidance for teachers from the Sex Education Forum is deeply disturbing as teachers are encouraged to tell pupils in sex education lessons that porn is 'not all bad', is 'hugely diverse', and to talk about all aspects of porn. Parents will surely be horrified by this.

We Need to Talk About Sex

Jon Brown | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

The next time your children ask you what sex is or tell you they have seen something rude online take the opportunity. Sit down and start talking to your children about sex. It's an issue that, however embarrassing, is something society cannot afford to be taught by the school of

Let's Banish Section 28 Forever

Simon Blake | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

Section 28 was homophobic, evil, pernicious and unworkable poor legislation - it was unworkable because it never applied to schools who were and continue to be responsible for sex education. But it had an enormous impact nonetheless. And those who introduced, supported and tried to uphold it should be ashamed.