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Two stories of loss: bird mating songs and human sexual values

Two stories… turned my thoughts to the ethics of reproduction and the lengths to which we might go to generate offspring. One story involved birds; the other humans. Both stories are about loss – in the case of the birds, loss of their species; in the case of the humans, loss of the values and norms governing our most intimate relationships.

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‘Consent’ is not enough. We need to recover the lost meaning of sex

Responding adequately to the sad news of the Kambala sexual assault petition — the latest spotlight on the sexual assault epidemic — is a sobering challenge for us all. Leading educators in our secondary schools, depressed by the recent revelations and struggling to find solutions, are themselves revisiting calls for better “consent training” for students. But, as others […]