• Want to stop revenge pornography? Then we need to overhaul mainstream porn

    August 29, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The Press Association recently obtained new figures under Freedom of Information (FoI) laws, which show that police are dealing with their largest ever volume of revenge pornography cases. In the six months from October 2014 to April 2015, a total of 139 revenge porn allegations were made, on behalf of victims ranging from 11 years…

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  • 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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