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Tackling teaching about Trump: lessons from Black feminism

Jessica Ringrose and Victoria Showunmi.  Many school and university teachers around the world have been asking how to discuss the 2016 USA elections with children, young people and students in the aftermath of what has been called the most divisive

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy

Has Halloween become ‘Slutoween’ even for toddlers?

Siri Lindholm, Emilie Lawrence, Hanna Retallack and Jessica Ringrose “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night of the year when a girl can dress like

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Posted in Childhood & early education

School uniforms and double standards

Jessica Ringrose and Rosa Tully. A school in Stoke-on-Trent has banned skirts on the grounds that they are ‘distracting’ to male teachers and pupils. The head teacher said that as girls ‘get older their skirts get shorter’. Jessica Ringrose, Professor of Gender

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Consenting or consuming? What kind of sexuality is 50 Shades of Grey selling to young women?

Emilie Lawrence and Jessica Ringrose On 8th March we celebrated International Women’s Day – a day to reflect on just how far we have come in achieving equality. This presents a good opportunity to discuss how the intricacies of sexual and

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

When it comes to ‘sexting’ the risks are greater for girls

Jessica Ringrose What is “sexting”? In the law and from the perspective of much mainstream media sexting is typically understood to be the exchange of sexually explicit or nude photos. Concern has so far focused on the illegality of underage

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Posted in Childhood & early education