• The pornography of technology: whose freedom should be preserved?

    April 30, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    This is a discussion of the  issues around individual freedom in regards to the consumption of porn – and who is responsible for the influence it has on children The Technology section of the Guardian has published an article which examines proposed governmental restrictions of ISPs. Samuel Gibbs, the author, poses a primarily ethico-political question…

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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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  • 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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  • A response to a recent article about anal sex published in the Evening Standard

    February 8, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The journalist Rosamund Urwin (the Evening Standard, 23rd January 2015) discusses the popularisation of anal sex in popular culture, which, though still only practised by a minority of people, is becoming increasingly common among heterosexual couples. She points out the findings of the most recent sexual attitudes survey (she doesn’t reference it, but see UCL…

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