• Sorry Amnesty, decriminalising sex work will not protect human rights

    October 14, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    Amnesty International declares itself to have an overarching commitment to advancing gender equality and women’s rights. Against the backdrop of this ethical aspiration, a controversial new policy has been adopted. It calls for the decriminalisation of prostitution, in order to protect the human rights of sex workers. Sex workers are one of the most marginalised…

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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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  • 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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