• 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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  • 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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  • Can porn empower women?

    March 9, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    As part of the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre, Woman’s Hour organized a debate on porn, asking the question ‘Can Porn Empower Women?’. Can it liberate, celebrate or enhance or does it enslave, debase or corrupt? Jane Garvey hosts a debate at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank…

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