Teenage Pregnancy: Fact or Fiction?

One of the most persistently popular articles I’ve published over the last year or so was a compendium of statistical information relating to rape, which I put together last November in an effort to put some reasonably reliable figures under this very important and, at times, highly contentious […]

Abstinence-only Sex Education: A complete failure on every level

The American Foundation for AIDS Research has published a new issue briefing, which fully deserves to be widely circulated, which assesses the effectiveness of abstinence-only sex education programmes for HIV prevention amongst young people. The briefing pulls together the evidence from a wide range of published studies covering […]

The Quackvertising Standards Authority

Another week rolls by and another missive from the Advertising Standards Authority drops into my in-box leading me to yet another batch of informally resolved cases in which a variety of alt-med practitioners have had to remove health-related claims from their websites in order to comply with the […]

Pornography, Censorship and the Bailey Review

Before getting back to the business of chronicling Nadine Dorries’ spiralling descent into Palinesque fucknuttery, I need to take a bit of a detour via a recent post on the Bailey Review to respond to a moderately interesting comment, albeit one which nicely illustrates both the complexities of […]

The Madness of Nadine Dorries pt.1

It used to be said that a lie told often enough becomes the truth*, although not necessarily by Lenin as the the attribution of this statement to the artist formerly known as Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov to him is, at best, apocryphal. Joseph Goebbels*, on the other hand, did […]

BBC makes piss-poor job of JRF alcohol report

If you’ve caught the BBC’s news output this morning on television, radio or teh interwebs, you’ll have seen this: Parents’ behaviour ‘can influence teen drinking’ Children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves, a survey of young teenagers has suggested. Poor […]

Intergalactic Bullshit

There are some religious and quasi-religious claims that one can always dismiss as bullshit without even bothering to go to the trouble of investigating the evidence that believers wish to put forward to support them. For example, any claim based on the use of a piece of astronomy […]

Bailey Review: A Triumph Of Prejudice Over Evidence

Dr. Brooke Magnanti has posted a rather interesting commentary on the problems of defining ‘sexualisation’ over at her Sexonomics blog in response to the the publication, last week, of the Bailey Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood. Unfortunately, so far as the Government are concerned, I […]

Margaret Forrester: Not a Christian Martyr

Another week, another bullshit story of the alleged persecution of Christians hits the headlines at the Daily Torygraph: Christian sacked after abortion leaflet row A Christian mental health worker has been sacked after passing colleagues a booklet warning of the physical and psychological damage some women suffer after […]

Homeopathy: The Endgame Cometh?

There has been a rather interesting announcment from the Advertising Standards Authority: Since 1 March we’ve received a large number of complaints about claims on homeopathy websites, mostly about claims for the efficacy of homeopathy in diagnosing, treating or helping certain health or medical conditions (e.g. arthritis). The […]