Four years ago, the Booker Prize-winning author got into no end of trouble when she remarked that society was “incredibly hypocritical” about teenage sex.
“There is this breed of women for whom society’s timetable is completely wrong,” she said.
There are no plans to lower the age of consent.” Four years and a change of administration later, and Lord! An online guide to teenage sexual behaviour endorsed by the Department of Education uses a “traffic-light” code to help teachers and other professionals offer relationship advice to 13- to 17-year-olds.
The guide’s list of “normal”, or “green light”, behaviour includes taking an interest in pornography, having sexually explicit conversations, using the internet to chat online and consenting to sex with the same or opposite gender “who are of similar age and developmental ability”.
Choosing not to be sexually active is also, apparently, a “green-light behaviour” – which is sure to come in handy for quelling the ardour of the Year 10 Lothario at the school disco.
Manual sex or penetration with toys can cause similar abrasion. While most women don't have much hymen left by the time they have sex, some women do experience rupturing/tearing of the hymen membrane. And in especially traumatic or rough sex, women might end up with abrasions and cuts around other parts of the genitals, like the labia, perineum and anus. If the novelist Hilary Mantel reads the newspapers, I imagine she will have scanned yesterday’s headlines with a certain grim satisfaction. But when girls do bleed during or after sex and it's not because of menses, then it's due to some injury in the vagina or vulva.As well, some sexually transmitted infections -- Chlamydia is a biggie for this -- can cause bleeding with or after intercourse or other kinds of sex.
“I was perfectly capable of running a home when I was 14, and if it had been ordered differently, I might have thought, 'Now is the time to have a couple of children, and when I am 30 I will go back and I’ll get my Ph D’.” So sharp was the intake of official breath that you’d have thought she had suggested making sex at 14 compulsory.
A spokesman for the then Department for Children, School and Families retorted that her remarks were “completely out of line” with government policy: “Our strategy is [to] offer age-appropriate sex eduction to young people.