• Why porn stars should be forced to wear condoms

    August 10, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    It’s a question that goes to the heart of many of the troubling political, ethical and legal issues in internet pornography production and consumption – should condoms be mandatory in porn? From the point of view of health and safety, the question surely must be answered in the affirmative. Anyone reading this article who has…

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  • The Politics of Language: Men and Violence Against Women

    June 15, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    An article by Polly Neate, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, was published in the Telegraph on 11 June where she insists ‘we need to properly understand that the vast majority of victims of domestic abuse are women’. Neate was responding to Professor Sylvia Walby’s recent intervention at a UK Statistics Agency (UKSA) seminar on improving crime statistics.…

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  • Oxford Union Sex Work Debate

    June 12, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The Motion From The Oxford Union : This House Would Embrace Sex Work as a Career Choice. ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY The Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and…

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  • Sexology exhibition sets out to lay bare truths but it’s a repressed affair

    April 15, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The Wellcome Trust is currently hosting an exhibition called ‘The Institute of Sexology’, running 20 November 2014 – 20 September 2015 I visited the exhibition when it opened and had rather mixed responses to it. I applaud an exhibition that draws critical attention both to the importance of sexology for sexual self-understanding and to the…

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  • The problematic link between porn and empowerment

    April 9, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    University of Leicester’s Centre for Medical Humanities discusses my research into pornography. Topics discussed include the glamourisation of the pornography industry, revenge porn and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  • Unless we face up to our own pornography habits we can’t tackle our children’s

    March 31, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The results of a survey commissioned by NSPCC Childline about young people’s consumption of internet pornography have just been published. A poll of nearly 700 12 to 13-year-olds in the UK reveals that one in five of those surveyed said they had viewed images that shocked or disturbed them. One in ten children is worried…

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