What message can we take from the Stanford student sexual assault case?
Eleanor Doward

What message can we take from the Stanford student sexual assault case?

Brock Turner, a 20-year-old Stanford student, was convicted recently of three counts of sexual assault including intent to rape an intoxicated person. He was sentenced to just six months, though the maximum is 14 years. He is expected to serve just three months. This high profile case, covered by media across the world, sent out … Continue reading

Adam Johnson’s sentence is a rare victory in a society that doesn’t believe victims
Louisa Ackermann

Adam Johnson’s sentence is a rare victory in a society that doesn’t believe victims

Yesterday, Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years imprisonment, following his conviction for child sex offences. On the same day it was also revealed that he had been arrested for possession of extreme pornography involving animals. There was an enormous amount of evidence to convict him of grooming the 15 year old girl: … Continue reading

Enthusiastic consent isn’t just ‘sexy’; it’s a fundamental prerequisite of sex
Eleanor Doward

Enthusiastic consent isn’t just ‘sexy’; it’s a fundamental prerequisite of sex

In September last year, Brendan O’Neill released another indignation-fuelled spiel onto the internet, much like a predictable but repugnant burp from a corpulent uncle at Christmas dinner. In this article, written for The Spectator, O’Neill’s issue was with the fairly recent focus on the importance of understanding sexual consent. Young people are now being encouraged … Continue reading

In Defence of ‘Hashtag Activism’
Louisa Ackermann

In Defence of ‘Hashtag Activism’

It’s not unusual for us to hear disdain for the ‘Keyboard Warriors’; the sadsacks whose ‘Hashtag Activism’ is useless, inconsequential, or just an exercise in personal vanity. We’re told the idea that social media could be used to orchestrate real change is worthy of scorn or dismissal, and that politics is only ‘worthy’ if you’re passing … Continue reading