With lap-dancing clubs and lad mags the new nineties normal, I stopped editing national magazines for kids and teenagers to write about the way the sex and porn industries are hijacking popular culture and young people’s sexualities. I’ve interviewed page 3 girls, lap dancers, women who have survived prostitution and profiled the women, and men, who work to end male sexual violence for The Guardian, The Independent, The Big Issue, The Times, Tes, The First Post and Huffington Post. My biog also includes writing a careers book for teenage girls, and a novel on teen gang rape. Volunteer work includes counselling survivors of rape through Eaves and being an Ambassador for a domestic abuse service. I’ve joined BBC Radio 5 Live, Woman’s Hour , LBC Radio as well as regional BBC radio to talk about issues including Talking to Teens, Pornography, Being A Man, Sugar Daddies, How Men Can Stop Rape and Sex Stereotypes. TV work includes debating page 3 on BBC Breakfast News and producing a kids’ magazine on CBBC.
After four years as a Modern Slavery Support Worker – running workshops for survivors of trafficking – I decided to train as a counsellor. My current role as a Girls’ Net mentor brings me full circle – working with pre-teen and teen girls and being immersed in the issues they face. Challenging Sexualisation, Sex Stereotypes and the Porn and Sex Industries, and advocating for up-to-date Healthy Relationships Education will always be a focus. Because it is cruel and reckless to leave kids to navigate the culture of sexting, photo-sharing and revenge porn by themselves, to leave hardcore porn to fill the Sex Ed gap. I’m a mother of primary and secondary school age boys.
If you are interested in the Sex Equality policy I have written for pre-schools and primaries or booking my talks on Challenging Sex Stereotypes and Sexualisation, The Harm of Porn or Talking about Consent from primary age do get in touch on Twitter.