sex education

Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines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 …

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 …

Cat Person and the Culture of Bad Sex

This weekend, a short story ran in The New Yorker that has given many food for thought. Cat Person is the fictional story of a woman who has a bad sexual encounter with someone she had little interest in. Before and during the encounter, which she consents to, she changes …

“Periods Are Dirty”, and Other Period Myths Busted

When I first started my period, aged 11, I didn’t really know what was happening. I knew that the blood in my underwear was my period and I’d heard of tampons and pads before, but other than that I was pretty clueless. The information I was eventually given didn’t help …

How to Write Believable Sex Scenes

Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of attending a talk on “Writing True Sex” with Monique Roffey, the author of The Tryst, and Leone Ross, one of my favourite lecturers and author of her new short story series, Come Let us Sing Anyway. I came in 20 minutes …

Teen Vogue’s Valuable and Necessary Approach to Sex Ed

When Teen Vogue wrote their guide, ‘Anal Sex: What You Need To Know‘, the article went viral. The article, complete with simple diagrams and pointers, is quick to emphasise that its purpose is to inform, and not, as many critics have argued, to encourage underage sex. As the article says, “even if …