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Sharleen Spiteri, Lynne Segal and Self Harm Scars

Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri sings their new single, Lynne Segal discusses her 1994 book Straight Sex, and Mary Hamilton talks about her self harm scars. With Jenni Murray.

Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri joins Jenni to sing their new single, Start a Family, and talk about what it's like now that the band is 25 years old. Having experienced success with the band and as a solo artist, what does she plan to do next?
Lynne Segal's 1994 book 'Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure' argues whether heterosexual sex is inherently damaging to women. As her book is reissued, we ask how she feels 21 years later.
And, what happens to the scars when a self harmer gets better? We hear from Mary Hamilton on how she feels about her self harm scars, years after the event.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Corinna Jones.

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Sharleen Spiteri

Sharleen Spiteri is the lead singer with the band Texas. Discovered as a teenager while working as a
hairdressing junior in Glasgow, she has become one of Scotland's best known pop stars with the band enjoying a string of hits including I Don’t Want A Lover and Halo, and selling more than 38million albums. Sharleen talks to Jenni as Texas celebrate 25 years together and performs their new single Start A Family.

The album Texas 25’ and single ‘Start A Family’ are released on February 16th 2015. 

Fore more information and tour dates:

Election Issues – Your Feedback

Last Monday we featured the results of pre-election research done for Woman’s Hour by TNS BMRB to look at the  issues that are of the most concern for women voters.   Number one is the NHS, closely followed by the cost of living,  the cost of care, immigration and health.  Woman’s Hour has been following up the poll with an exploration of the issues and a selection of listener’s experiences on the areas covered so far, starting with the NHS.  

See the poll results in full at:

Self Harm

Ten years ago Mary Hamilton cut herself deliberately for the last time after almost a decade of self injury. She explains how she managed to stop cutting herself and how her relationship with her scars and her history of mental illness has changed over time.

Mary’s personal blog:

Project dedicated to supporting young people

National NHS Adult Services based at The Maudsley Hospital in London:

BBC Radio 1 The Surgery: Self Harm:

Lynne Segal

Author Lynne Segal wrote the seminal feminist book ‘Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure’ in 1994. The book, which was recently republished by Verso as part of their ‘Radical Thinkers’ series, discusses whether heterosexual sex is damaging to women and highlights Segal’s belief that there is not a natural relationship between men and violence. Lynne who is a professor in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, talks to Jenni Murray about how sex in our culture has changed since she wrote the book, whether women feel guilty about their desires and why she still disagrees with the radical feminist idea that men are the enemy. 
Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure is published in a set of new editions in Verso's Radical Thinkers series. The books were published on the 30th January 2015. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Corinna Jones
Interviewed Guest Sharleen Spiteri
Interviewed Guest Lynne Segal
Interviewed Guest Mary Hamilton


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