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About fluff35

I blog on a range of subjects arising from various aspects of my life. On https://theretiringacademic.wordpress.com, I focus on my reactions to early retirement and think about aspects of teaching and research which I hope will be stimulating to those still working in higher education. On https://sharedconversations.wordpress.com, I blog as an authorized lay preacher in a pretty standard parish church of the Church of England, who needs to write in order to find out what she thinks. I took part in the Oxford/St Albans/Armed Forces C of E 'Shared Conversations' in March 2016 and continue to try to reflect on some of the issues. On https://mistakinghistories.wordpress.com I share my thoughts on various aspects of the history of medicine and the body. I also write for The Conversation UK on https://theconversation.com/profiles/helen-king-94923/articles

Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (4)

Masturbation, of course, has a history – like everything else. Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (3)

Science isn’t neutral: it’s produced and read in particular social contexts Continue reading

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LLF and IICSA, revisited (updated 20 November 2020)

Back in October, I blogged for Via Media on the lack of connection between Living in Love and Faith (just published) and IICSA (published in October). I called for the Church of England to ‘connect the dots’: to recognise that the … Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (2)

What is the clitoris and what is it for? Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (1)

What wasn’t included in Living in Love and Faith Continue reading

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Waiting for publication: the week before Living in Love and Faith

What was it like being part of Living in Love and Faith? And what is it like waiting for the final publication? Continue reading

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Dislocation

Here we are in late August at the point in The Time of Covid-19 which may come to be known as The Stopping and Starting. I’m finding it difficult; despite evidence of lower numbers of deaths here from The Thing, … Continue reading

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Stopping: and starting?

After several years in which it has played a major part in my life, as of 29 April the ‘Living in Love and Faith process’ (LLF) has now officially been put on hold. Those of us on the various working … Continue reading

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Bishops to show us the way

Today, the story trending on Twitter is that Phillip Schofield has come out as gay, at the age of 57. He has spoken movingly and passionately about the damage that concealment was doing to him and said that ‘all you … Continue reading

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How not to be pastoral: the bishops’ new statement on civil partnerships

Once again, it’s all about sex. Whatever we mean by that. A recent article in The Independent headlined ‘The sex-obsessed Church of England is digging its own grave‘ included the comment that the Church is ‘intent not just on digging its … Continue reading

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