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Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines

It has been almost two decades since guidelines for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) were implemented. Now, the government has released draft guidelines which aims to revamp RSE – theoretically, at least – creating a more comprehensive and inclusive education for both primary and secondary school pupils. If you rely …

I Lied About My Ethnicity to Fit in at School

I love being mixed race, I tan with ease and never suffer sunburn. I am a combination of two completely different cultures. My ‘foreign side’ will always make for good conversation and I don’t have much trouble matching eye shadow and lipstick shades to my skin. I wouldn’t consider myself …

It’s Time to Take Girlguiding Seriously

What do you think of when you think of Girl Guides? Doing your Hostess badge and learning to make cups of tea in a church hall, maybe. Or sewing Mother’s Day presents or gathering around a toadstool to sing songs. But over the last few years, Girlguiding (the organisation that …

Americanising Moana: The Accent Problem in Children’s Films

What do the children’s films Kung Fu Panda, Moana, and How To Train Your Dragon have in common? If you guessed that they’re all fantastic films, then you’d be right. However, there is also another weird similarity. Have you noticed anything strange about the accents of the characters? I’ve noticed …

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

Recognising Trans Women as Women is a Start, But it Isn’t Enough

In a recent report on trans equality published by Stonewall, many cis people had their attention drawn to statistics that painted a picture of the ugly reality of trans life in the UK. As the report did the media rounds, many voiced their disgust in response to statistics that quantified …

Abortion Rights Around the World

Trigger warning: The post contains mentions of abortion, rape, and incest — Abortion has been practiced in Britain since the late 60s. Safe, legal and free abortions are widely available in England, Scotland and Wales. In fact, Britain has some of the most liberal abortion laws in Europe. But how …