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Naomi Wolf; Cabinet Reshuffle; Romantic Fiction

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 September 2012

Naomi Wolf on her new biography of the vagina. Consenting adults - when should the law intervene in sexual relationships? Summer reads - the appeal of romantic fiction. Cabinet reshuffle - how far away is David Cameron from women making up a third of his cabinet? Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

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  • Cabinet Reshuffle

    Allegra Stratton, Political Editor for BBC Two’s Newsnight, assesses the impact of the cabinet reshuffle on women’s representation in government.

  • Naomi Wolf on the Vagina

    The American feminist Naomi Wolf on her latest book, Vagina: A New Biography, in which she argues that the vagina is more than just a sexual organ, it is connected to the female brain.

  • Consenting Adults: Sex and the Law

    To what extent is violent, but consensual sexual behaviour, the business of anyone apart from the people involved? Jenni talks to Naomi Wolf & Dr Clarissa Smith, Uni. of Sunderland.

  • Tomorrow's Warriors

    Children from age 9 to 19 are given free music lessons and training from top jazz players. The goal is to bring jazz music back to the Afro-Caribbean community, and to encourage girls to take part.

  • Romantic Fiction

    What is the enduring appeal of romance stories? Journalist Tanya Gold and writer Alice Peterson join Jenni to discuss.

  • Cabinet Reshuffle

    Allegra Stratton, Political Editor for BBC Two’s Newsnight, assesses the impact of David Cameron’s reshuffle on women’s representation in government.

  • Romantic Fiction

    Romance novels are one of the most popular and best-selling genres, and even in the pages of an erotic novel you’re still likely to find a love story. What is the enduring appeal of romance stories? Journalist Tanya Gold and writer Alice Peterson join Jenni to discuss.

  • Sex and the law

    City barrister Simon Walsh was acquitted last month on charges of possessing five images of 'extreme pornography' and one purportedly indecent image involving himself. His case raised all sorts of questions about whether what goes on between adults - in private - can ever be anyone else’s business? Extreme, but legal, sex acts which arouse some can merely arouse disgust in others. So when is it appropriate for the courts to decide what is acceptable between two consenting adults? And how do we know if someone is truly consenting? Dr Clarissa Smith from the University of Sunderland was a defence witness in the Simon Walsh trial. She joins Jenni and Naomi Wolf to discuss.

  • Naomi Wolf on the Vagina

    It is more than two decades since Naomi Wolf published her first polemic, The Beauty Myth, in which she argued that the political, legal and economic strides made by women have been accompanied by a punitive culture of beauty driving women to eating disorders and cosmetic surgery. In her latest book, Vagina: A New Biography, she describes how a compressed nerve and subsequent back surgery led her to consider the neural wiring behind women’s sexual pleasure. She argues that the vagina is more than just a sexual organ, it is connected to the female brain and she says we need to talk about it. Jenni talks to the American feminist Naomi Wolf.

  • Tomorrow’s Warriors

    Jazz is increasingly being seen by young people as a difficult or elitist art form. But one group is trying to challenge this, called Tomorrow’s Warriors, the group was set up by the celebrated jazz bassist Gary Crosby and he runs it together with his partner Janine Irons. Children from age 9 to 19 are given free music lessons and training from Crosby and other top jazz players. And although the students come from all walks of life, the goal is to bring jazz music back to the Afro-Caribbean community, and especially to encourage girls to take part. The Tomorrow's Warriors Youth Jazz Orchestra performed this summer at the Barbican, and were part of the Cultural Olympiad's outdoor events. Jennifer Chevalier reports from one of the rehearsals.

    Tomorrow's Warriors

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