Under wraps: the policing of female sexuality | The Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2018
The fashion world is seeing a resurgence in the trend for modesty, alongside more pressure from religious groups for women to cover up. As conservative clothing and veils become more popular among women across the world, how can we place this in the context of the long history of patriarchal female sexual repression? And what can science tell us about female sexual behaviour and the moral double standard placed on women? Science journalist Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, explores the biology and history of female sexuality, and what it means for women and men today.
About Angela Saini
Angela Saini is a science journalist, who presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She was the launch presenter of the BBC's The Food Chain and has hosted More or Less and Material World. Her latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story examines the mistakes and biases that have plagued scientific research on women for more than a century, and the empowering new work that promises to transform the way we think about women’s minds, bodies and place in the human evolutionary story.
Her writing has appeared in Cell, Vogue, GQ, The Guardian, Observer, The Times, Prospect, New Scientist, Wallpaper, Vogue, Marie Claire, Science, New Humanist, Wired, Stylist and The Economist, among others.
In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary she presented about birdsong and human language. In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for best news story, for a feature in The Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms, and she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009. She has also been shortlisted for both the Asian Women of Achievement Award and the Asian Achiever Award.
About the Rosalind Franklin Lecture
The Rosalind Franklin Lecture, held from 2016 as part of the Humanists UK annual lecture series, explores and celebrates the contribution of women towards the promotion and advancement of humanism in the UK and around the world.