Consent education now is patchy and inconsistent. Many schools focus exclusively on safety, which may come at the cost of the enjoyable benefits of human connection.
Pleasure-based sex education allows young people to safely explore and develop critical thinking around sex and relationships.
As a society, we must shift our collective culture away from a silent complacency around interpersonal trauma and towards intentionally working to prevent it.
The next time there’s a scene that makes light of gendered violence, pause and ask: what is really being shown here? Is this really all that funny or is it minimizing actual violence?
Consent doesn’t mean your sexual partner needs to sign a consent form at the beginning of an encounter. It means an ‘enthusiastic yes’, expressed through words or gestures.
Understanding consent is key to avoiding ambiguous and socially awkward encounters and reducing the potential to cause harm. There are lessons in Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’.
The underlying behaviour in the former doctor’s near-poisoning of his partner is more common than might be assumed.
Vaccine hesitancy in parents shouldn’t mean adolescents can’t get vaccinated.
Melissa Kang answered hundreds of questions from girls for the Dolly Doctor column. What she found on analysis was a sense of shame when young women experienced sexual pleasure.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the film Rear Window are great examples of how parents and teachers can use movies and books to start discussions with young people about consent.
To be effective, a video needs to be clear about its message and relatable. The government’s milkshake video seemingly about consent failed on both counts. But these videos get it right.
A gender-justice researcher reviewed the entire newly released government sexuality education resource for teachers. She found several significant problems.
We often hear of sexual harassment and bullying of a sexual nature being perpetrated by men/boys against women/girls. But it happens within groups too
A study on the delivery of sexuality education found some teachers were anxious about parental fear, negative media and political hysteria. Sometimes they watered down ‘risky’ content.
Children take their lead from their parents. And it is, after all parents, not teachers, who have regular, long-term contact with children from birth onwards.
Juries in rape cases must decide whether the prosecution has proven there was no free and voluntary consent. And this is where broader societal attitudes come into play.
An app to record consent won’t address the real problems of sexual violence and how our society responds to it.
Millions of people are reading young adult fantasy novels like Twilight or A Court of Thorns and Roses. But the way sexual consent is depicted in these can be confusing or even harmful.
In interviews, female teachers at three all-boy schools in three capital cities have disclosed instances of sexism from students, male colleagues and parents.
A sexual education program in Mexico City provides a blueprint for Australia. It shows how to engage students in conversations about lived experiences, among other effective methods.