Rape myths and unconscious biases often see juries and police officers disbelieve women who come forward with accusations of sexual assault.
The sharing of intimate images has been on the rise among young people. But research shows navigating consent in these situations can come with a lot of grey areas.
A dozen U.S. states still do not mandate sex education in schools.
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Twelve states do not require sex education of any kind.
The world’s longest running soap opera: the Coronation Street set in 1988.
Rape myths are deeply ingrained in our culture. We need education and action, on the part of all of our institutions, to weed them out.
Even though most people — including health-care professionals — are familiar with the term ‘blue balls,’ there is surprisingly little research on this phenomenon.
The pain of ‘blue balls’ should never be used as a coercive tactic. But almost half of study participants — mostly women and some men — reported pressure to engage sexually.
Consent is too low a standard for promoting ethical sex — even if it may be the best available legal standard.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been a lot of focus on consent. However, that focus takes the spotlight away from other strategies that can better inform ethical sex.
In new interview research, young people say sex education most often occurs without discussing actual sex.
Young people are more likely to consider some form of open or non-monogamous relationship.
Research shows schools worry parents will revolt if there is too much detail in sex education classes. A new survey asks what Australian parents actually think and want.
Proposed UK surrogacy law changes raise concerns over unequal treatment of birth mothers.
UK surrogacy law reform: what you need to know about the proposed changes and how they could affect you.
Our research highlights the risks and challenges that must be worked through to align sexual consent laws across the states and territories.
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shane Drumgold today announced that the charges against Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in 2019, have been withdrawn…
Fracking faces strong opposition from environmentalists.
Fracking in the UK has a difficult history – economic theory suggests that whether fracking should occur is a simple case of consent and compensation.
There is no such thing as “too young” to start the conversation about consent and children’s literature can help.
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.
It’s important for parents to get comfortable having conversations with their kids early on about consent and boundaries.
As a society, we must shift our collective culture away from a silent complacency around interpersonal trauma and towards intentionally working to prevent it.
Bridget deals with a ‘pervy’ uncle and advances from her boss in Bridget Jones Diary (2001).
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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.
‘King Lear’ sculpture seen in Chicago in 2008.
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’.