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About Ann Oakley

Ann Oakley is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London, with a particular interest in the relationship between social research and public policy

Articles by Ann Oakley

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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is the mainsite editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sexual exploitation in street gangs: protecting girls or changing boys?

In its recent report on sexual exploitation in street gangs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England is eloquent on the need for better protection of girls. It lacks any policy recommendation for a conscious remodelling of young masculinity.

The cost of masculine crime

Men are, by a huge margin, the sex responsible for violent, sexual and other serious crime. The economic cost of this ‘masculine excess’ in delinquency is staggering - to say nothing of its emotional toll. Why is the social shaping of masculinity not an urgent policy issue?

Le coût du crime masculin

Les hommes sont dans une très large mesure, le sexe responsable de crimes violents, sexuels et autres crimes sérieux. Le coût économique de cet « excès masculin » dans la délinquance est ahurissant ? sans parler du prix émotionnel. Pourquoi la structure sociale de la masculinité n’est-elle pas une question politique urgente ?

Defend the Right to Give: Our blood is a gift not a commodity

A challenge to the government's plans to commercialise blood donation in the UK

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