A recent study connected to a current BBC 3 series, Porn Laid Bare, spoke to a thousand 18 to 25-year-olds across the UK. They were asked about porn. 47% of women said they'd watched porn in the last month and 14% said they felt that, at some point, they might have been addicted to it. Whilst a lot has been written on the subject of men and excessive porn use, very little work has been done on women. Woman’s Hour investigates why.
A list of what's been called “Breed Ready" women has been discovered on an open database in China. It's raised alarm among women’s rights activists who are concerned that this is a covert way the Chinese government is dealing with the country's declining birth rates. The list is made up of the names of nearly two million women who are between 15 and 39 years of age along with their contact details. It was discovered by a researcher called Victor Gevers who works at the Global Disinformation Foundation which is a Dutch non-profit organisation. The BBC’s Celia Hatton explains what we know.
Lichen sclerosus is a rare auto immune condition which happens when there's an over production of collagen. Following on from yesterday's item about vaginal health we discuss the condition with Fatima Sulaiman from SRUK.
As part of Radio 4’s Four Seasons poetry to celebrate the Spring Equinox, Jenni talks to Christine De Luca. She was Edinburgh’s Makar until 2017. She was raised in Shetland and writes in Shetlandic dialect.
Parenting: Making Friends
Friendship battles between children have always existed – but how can you support your child if you feel they aren’t fitting in? How do you help your child make friends? And how much can friendship be taught anyway - or should adults leave children to work it out for themselves? Jenni talks to Tanith Carey, author of ‘The Friendship Maze’ and Dr Angharad Rudkin, Clinical Child Psychologist at the University of Southampton.
Mary Berry, Ketamine, New Zealand attacks
Every month Woman's Hour is joined by top chefs and cooks about how to perfect well loved dishes. Mary Berry takes the lead this week and tells us how to make a limoncello trifle.
According to the latest government crime survey for England and Wales, ketamine, a powerful horse tranquilizer and anaesthetic is an increasingly popular drug of choice for teenagers. The proportion of 16- to 24-year-olds using the drug rose in 2017-18 from 1.2% to 3.1%, the highest figure since records of ketamine use began in 2006-07. Joining Jane to talk about what ketamine is, its effects and what every parent should be aware of is Lauren Moss, BBC South East Social Affairs & Education Correspondent who has been investigating the drug, Wendy Teasdill whose 18-year old daughter Eleanor died from taking the drug at a festival and Professor Celia Morgan, Professor of Psychopharmacology at Exeter University.
After the shootings in Christchurch that left 50 people dead, New Zealand's government have agreed in principle to toughen the country's gun laws. People around the world have been talking about how they have been affected by the incident. We talk to three British Muslim women about how they're feeling and what conversations they are having with their children about what happened.
Dr Anita Mitra, a Gynecologist wants to talk about the myths we all have about our vaginas. She's written a guide called 'The Gynae Geek' which she says answers questions and worries you may have about women's health.
Producer: Sej Asar
Actor Lupita Nyong'o
In less than 10 years Lupita Nyong’o has starred in a number of high profile and award-winning roles. Her latest project ‘Us’ is a thriller-horror, directed by the Oscar-winning Jordan Peele. Lupita joins Jane to discuss skyrocketing into fame and the impact of being an African woman in Hollywood.
Bryony Frost is the first women to win a grade one race at the Cheltenham Festival. She’s 23, from Devon and the daughter of a Grand National winning jockey. She has won over 100 races and made over a million pounds. Her win is thought to be a significant day for sporting equality but she’s quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter whether you are a boy or a girl. I live by the metaphor about looking up the mountain.”
After official figures revealed the number of women going for smear tests had reached an all-time low, there was a campaign aimed at encouraging women to go for the tests which look for the early signs of cervical cancer. Not surprisingly, more women went for testing…but the Guardian reports this morning that the service is in meltdown as scientists have been leaving. Kate Sanger, from the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, explains why.
As a Maasai child in Kenya, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete accomplished something remarkable: she refused to undergo her culture’s ritualized female genital mutilation. As an adult, she has gone on to negotiate with village elders, who traditionally have not worked with women, and convince them that alternative coming-of-age ceremonies will be healthier for girls and better for communities. Nice joins Jane to talk about her escape, and how her work has saved an estimated 15,000 girls around Kenya from the cut, as well as from child marriage.
Author, Eleanor Anstruther’s father, Ian, was sold to his aunt for £500 because his mother was in terrible debt. After hearing his story, Eleanor wanted to know more about how and why this had happened all those years ago, so she began some research and then wrote about it. Her debut novel is ‘A Perfect Explanation’ .
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Lupita Nyong'o
Interviewed Guest: Bryony Frost
Interviewed Guest: Kate Sanger
Interviewed Guest: Nice Nailantei Leng'ete
Interviewed Guest: Eleanor Anstruther
The jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Early onset dementia & Cleaning Tips
We discuss the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh the Iranian lawyer, who’s been jailed for 38 years, and sentenced to 148 lashes for defending women’s rights. We hear from Mansoureh Mills Middle East Researcher from Amnesty and from Rana Rahimpour from the BBC Persian Service.
Five years ago Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with young onset dementia, she was just 58 years old. She tells us how she copes with the disease which is robbing her of her memories.
After winning the SheBelieves Cup in America recently England’s women are now setting their sights on the World Cup. Nike and Adidas have come on board with sponsorships but what difference, if any, will this make? Rebecca Myers, Sports Journalist from the Sunday Times explains the significance of big brands getting involved in the women’s game.
Baroness Liz Barker, the Liberal Democrat Peer and an ambassador for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s health week, tells us why lesbian and bisexual women say they feel invisible to their doctors and nurses.
Fern Champion was raped three years ago but has waived her anonymity to call on the government to provide more support to people like her. She tells us why she’s set up a petition to ask for rape counselling to be made available to anyone who needs it and Rebecca Hitchin the Campaign Manager at End Violence Against Women, explains why there is a funding shortfall for these services.
Margaret Busby the editor of the anthology New Daughters of Africa and writer and contributor Candice Carty-Williams tell us about the new volume.
And with Instagram full of cleaning tips we ask if cleaning has become cool? Lynsey Crombie Instagram’s Queen of Clean and journalist Zing Tsjeng discuss.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Erin Riley
Interviewed Guest: Mansoureh Mills
Interviewed Guest: Rana Rahimpour
Interviewed Guest: Wendy Mitchell
Interviewed Guest: Rebecca Myers
Interviewed Guest: Baroness Liz Barker
Interviewed Guest: Fern Champion
Interviewed Guest: Rebecca Hitchin
Interviewed Guest: Margaret Busby
Interviewed Guest :Candice-Carty-Williams
Interviewed Guest: Lynsey Crombie
Interviewed Guest: Zing Tsjeng