Shirley Conran; Perinatal Mental Health; Faith and Sexuality; Mother & Daughter in Comedy

Octogenarian Shirley Conran, author of Superwoman and Lace, tells Jenni why women need to embrace sex whatever their age. A report by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health has found significant gaps in the detection of mental health problems in the period before and after birth, saying that only an estimated 40% are diagnosed, with just 3% of women experiencing a full recovery. Rabbi Ariel Friedlander, theologian and star of the American Christian music scene, Vicky Beeching and Safra project board member, Nadia, discuss the tensions that exist between their faith and sexuality. Jana Kennedy and her mother Heidi Stransky on their mother and daughter comedy show.

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Shirley Conran: Sex & the older woman

Shirley Conran, now aged 82, has written a new sex guide on a blog to show that women’s needs continue into old age.  The author of Superwoman and Lace says women need to embrace sex whatever their age. The former wife of Habitat co-founder Sir Terence Conran has written this explicit guide to female sexual pleasure in an effort to demonstrate that women’s needs continue into old age.

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Perinatal mental health

A report by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health has found significant gaps in the detection of mental health problems in the period before and after birth, saying that only an estimated 40% are diagnosed, with just 3% of women experiencing a full recovery. The report focuses on the impact on the economy and claims that mental health problems suffered by pregnant women and new mothers are costing the UK £8.1 billion a year. The report also found stark geographical variations in the provision of care. To discuss the issues Jenni is joined by Ruth Eglin,  family support worker for Cheshire East council,  Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister & MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and by Sally Hogg, Development Manager for Children Under One at NSPCC & vice chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.

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Jana and Heidi: Like Mother Like Daughter?

Jana Kennedy and her mother Heidi Stransky saw a male comedian at Brighton and Heidi told her daughter she thought they could do it better. A year later and they’ve had a successful debut at Edinburgh and are now about to perform in Salford. They perform a show about the mother daughter relationship. Jenni speaks to Jana and Heidi about working together as mother and daughter. 

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Lesbians experience of faith

The issue of faith and sexuality regularly makes headlines, last week the Catholic synod rejected a wider acceptance of homosexuality despite the Pope's seemingly liberal position, and in the last 12 months there have been a wave of new homophobic laws from the Urals to Uganda. So it’s timely that the Homotopia faith debate, chaired by Diva editor, Jane Czyselska and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, takes place on the 12th November as part of the Homotopia Arts Festival in Liverpool. The debate will explore the tensions that exist between faith and sexuality and how being lesbian or gay impacts on faith. Ahead of the debate, Rabbi Ariel Friedlander, theologian and star of the American Christian music scene, Vicky Beeching and Safra project board member, Nadia, join Jenni to discuss the tensions between their faith and sexuality.

 

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Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestShirley Conran
Interviewed GuestJana Kennedy
Interviewed GuestHeidi Stransky
Interviewed GuestVicky Beeching
Interviewed GuestAriel Friedlander

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