‘Nothing has emerged more clearly from the Everyday Sexism Project than the urgent need for far more comprehensive mandatory sex-and-relationships education in schools, to include issues such as consent and respect, domestic violence and rape…. it’s unrealistic to expect them, unaided, to instinctively work out the difference…

One seventeen year old tells me it’s surrounded by ‘grey areas’… Id she said yes and then said no, is it still rape? If she is asleep, is it still rape? If she is drunk is it still rape? Sometimes girls don’t realise they can say no…

Friendship groups, family, magazines, films, cartoon characters, porn, Facebook, boys: the wrong ideas come from so many places it’s easy to see how they become accepted without question. And in every area- from the idea they will be judged on their looks to the vital imprtance of weight loss…’

Everyday Sexism. Laura Bates. 2014.

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