Cuts to Sexual Health services in the UK will disproportionately affect BAME communities

by Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan  2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Venereal Diseases (VD) Act of 1917, a significant piece of legislation in the UK, which introduced the guiding principles of free and confidential treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are still followed today. This act led to the creation of the first purpose… Read More

Who are ‘Young People?’ The Necessity of Introducing Intersectionality to Sexuality Education

by Lamisse Hamouda  It was recently announced that the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University has released a new, progressive sexuality education resource for secondary school students. Commendable indeed; through innovative animation videos that balances between being both cool and daggy (like your favourite youth worker), along with a… Read More

Sex Education: Lessons I Should Have Learned In School

By Huma Munshi Sex education in my school consisted of experimenting with putting a condom on a cucumber and watching a video of a woman giving birth. This was met with embarrassed giggling from my peers and awkward glances. At home, we would never dream of discussing sex or relationships. My parents were old school… Read More

What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

by Alok Vaid-Menon  There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces I’ve been a part of. The first time I ever saw someone like me having sex was in a spam internet advertisement in India. “Hairy Mallu Boys.” And I may have followed the link.… Read More

#fuckhonour and #fuckshame, when it silences young people reaching out

by Huma Munshi In the film Monsoon Wedding an adult survivor of sexual abuse comes face-to-face with the perpetrator at the wedding of her best friend. As a result of the close familial ties and the need to uphold community “honour”, she is forced to take part in cultural ceremonies despite disclosing the abuse. At… Read More

Sexual Exploitation, Islam and the Media

by Amna G Riaz A few months ago I wrote ‘Is there a problem of grooming and rape in the Muslim Pakistani community?’ I argued that I was sick of grooming being framed as something inherent with British Pakistani Muslim men. I also argued that criminals should be treated as criminals, the media and politicians… Read More

Are you down for brown?

by Farzana Rahman As a dark-complexioned, brown, South Asian Muslim woman, at any one point in my prolific dating career, I’ve had to deal with iterations of the following conversation: (Where X denotes men I have dated, and Y = me). X: “I didn’t think you would talk to me!” Y: “Why?” X: “Cos you’re… Read More