We were on BBC R4 Woman’s Hour today

We were invited to talk about the sixteen18 project findings on today’s Woman’s Hour. Cicely discusses the findings with Jane Garvey and Justin Hancock from Bish. If you want to hear the programme, you can download the podcast. We’re the last item on the programme, 31 minutes in.

Here’s the blurb from the Woman’s Hour website:

  • Talking About & Consenting To Sex Acts

    A new study on teenage heterosexual couples and sex has revealed there can be a “climate of coercion” when it comes to ‘sex acts’ like anal sex, and that consent and mutual pleasure isn’t always a priority. The study of 16-18 year olds was carried out by the London School of Hygiene, who say that some young men and women have anal sex, and while it is commonly depicted in pornography, it’s usually absent from sex education, and “seems unmentionable in many social contexts.” So is there a need for young people to talk more openly about pleasure and consent when it comes to sex acts? And does this need to be directly addressed in sex education? To discuss, Jane is joined by one of the authors of the report, Dr Cicely Marston of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and by sex educator Justin Hancock of BISH Training.

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