• Playboy Feminism

    October 19, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    Sexual Liberation The history of Playboy and the history of my own sexual life interleave. In my early teenage years in the late 1960s my limited knowledge of pornography extended only to the following: seeing a magazine behind the bike shed and feeling upset by it; and holding the view shared with my peers that…

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  • Is Peter Tatchell Good for You?

    February 19, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    I have admired Peter Tatchell for many years. He is an heroic political figure who has persistently spoken out against human rights abuses. In so doing he has  opened himself to social vilification and even to physical violence. However in ‘Pornography is Good for You?’ I suggest he has badly reneged on his struggle for human…

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  • A third wave of feminism is rising – and here’s why we need to surf it now

    November 11, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    We are witnessing the beginning of a third wave of feminism. Taking up the struggle of Victorian social reformers, suffragettes and the revolutionary feminists of the 1970s, feminists today are fighting again for equal treatment and an end to sexual violence in a 21st society that remains patriarchal. It’s a busy time for feminists in…

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  • Review: Suffragette helps us see why we still need feminism today

    October 12, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    I found the film Suffragette utterly stirring. This came as something of a surprise to me. The voluminous press coverage has been unanimous: the film’s uniqueness lies in its focus on working class women’s struggle for the vote. It’s true that this angle has been left largely unexplored in other cinematic representations, which have conventionally…

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  • 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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  • Sex in Class: Liekens is right to teach teenagers about sexual pleasure

    August 10, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    Goedele Liekens, a Belgian UN goodwill ambassador for sexual health, has waded into the UK’s debate about whether sex education should be compulsory with a new [TV programme]((http://www.channel4.com/programmes/sex-in-class) campaigning for a mandatory GCSE in sexual health. She believes teenagers should be taught about pornography, sexual pleasure and sexual agency, issues that she argues are sadly…

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