Child Abuse · Women

Child Abuse Must Never Be Gender Blind

Lauren Cox, a married 27-year-old geography teacher, having sex with her 16-year-old pupil is child abuse.  However, the popular opinion, especially amongst men, appears to be that her crime is less heinous than if a male teacher were involved with a girl of 16.  This view is rooted in the idea that a boy-child sleeping… Continue reading Child Abuse Must Never Be Gender Blind

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Art and Culture · Literature

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom set in 1927 is an impressive play with an interesting history.  It centres on power dynamics: racism, self-determination, economics and change.  I enjoyed the London performance.  This play remains relevant on gender inequality and cultural appropriation.  I also went away with a better understanding of recent gang violence.  The play illustrates… Continue reading Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom