• Pornography and the Middle-Aged Straight Man

    October 6, 2017 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    I found myself spending the few days over the New Year period in a community deep in the UK countryside. Apart from sharing domestic chores, much of the time could be spent deliciously relaxing on sofas arranged around a huge wood burning stove. On one such occasion I found myself sitting next to a total…

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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 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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  • 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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