Why Are Some Girls Such Bullies?

CATHY WALKER, Education Consultant Last weekend I watched Sali Hughes’ impassioned account of the internet bullying she has endured over the past few months. A group of women targeted her online, discrediting, criticising, ridiculing every area of her life. She says: ‘“Everything was lie upon lie upon lie to the degree that I wouldn’t know who they […]

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Is masculinity toxic?

ESHU CHRISTIANSON Toxic masculinity is a phrase often used in the media to describe the negative effects of the traditional male stereotype. Traditional stereotypes of men as socially dominant, along with related traits such as misogyny and homophobia, can be considered “toxic” due in part to their promotion of violence, including sexual assault and domestic […]

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The RAP Project RSE Survey 2019

THE RAP PROJECT   “There should be an emphasis on how unrealistic porn is & how idealised social media is. There should also be an emphasis on body image, and how there are so many body types etc.”  Male,16  “It would be good if the new curriculum teaches us about the law behind sexual assault & harassment.  What is legal, […]

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The Bitter Reality of Group Chats

MOLLY MANTLE    The prospects of finally taking a leap from a jammed, childhood bedroom into independent adulthood can be thrilling to those teenagers currently readying themselves to take up hard-earned university places. They might also think that much of the nervousness and uncertainty accompanying the change (will I fit in? Can I keep up? […]

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“Cocked & Loaded”

ALLISON HAVEY, CO-FOUNDER OF THE RAP PROJECT  The RAP Project, or Raising Awareness & Prevention, speaks to pupils from many different backgrounds, be it socio-economic, religious, & international. Deana Puccio, Co-Founder, myself, & other presenters passionately pitch our presentations so they are inclusive of all students, regardless of sexuality, gender, religion, background. Our power point presentations […]

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Giving Up Social Media

LILY MCKENNA My name is Lily McKenna and I am 17 years old. I attend an independent school in North London. I gave up social media several months ago when I realised the negative sides of being on social media outweighed the positives. I did the infamous ‘social media cleanse’, but rather than returning a week […]

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