I'm a philosopher and historian from the University of Southampton. Outside my love for Tudor History, I mostly work and research on contemporary issues in ethics, specifically in relation to sex, education and the law. I've published previously on issues relating to pornography, prostitution, homophobia in football and modern approaches to monogamy and polygamy. I'm also an avid music and theatre music critic and have published for both 'Wessex Scene' and 'The Edge' before.
Theatre Review: Golem @ Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Incoherent and dull - but full of promise.
Let’s stop slut shaming: A (moral) defence of casual sex
Casual sex should not lead to people being 'slut-shamed' and can, for many people, be rewarding and enriching.
Theatre Review: Brainstorm @ Nuffield Southampton Theatres
A charming comedy about the teenage mind.
Ian McKellen discusses his role in Edward II's pivotal LGBT scene
“If you deny young people the possibility of being themselves, then you danger society.”
BFI TV Review: Edward II
Ian McKellen's Edward II displays a masterclass performance, even if it is hampered by Marlowe's less than impressive script.
The truth behind chemsex drugs
Chemsex drugs offer pertinent positives, allowing gay men to engage in sensual and enjoyable sex.
“What lovely breasts”: Why Naked Attraction Needs to Stop. Now.
Choosing a date from six-naked bodies not only raises ethical and social concerns, but simply becomes uncomfortable to watch. (NSFW)
10 films that turn 10 this year
Hot Fuzz, The Simpsons Movie and Pirates of the Caribbean. 2007 was certainly a year for film.
DVD Review: Hinterland (Series 3)
Despite some good story-lines, Hinterland's third season failed to impress.
DVD Review: Apple Tree Yard
Apple Tree Yard is a poignant and emotional portrayal of the traumas and repercussions of sexual assault.
My Best Albums of 2016 - Bruno Russell
2016 has seen some incredible albums releases but no single album has managed to hold the chart domination achieved by Adele’s 25 last year.
Album Review: Little Mix - Glory Days
Little Mix’s fourth album removes any illusions of innocence as they return with a feisty yet mature sassiness that showcases their vocal capabilities.
“We're not a hookup app for sex and brojobs. The other apps just make me sad.”
Scott Kutler, founder of the gay and straight 'dating' app BRO, dicusses the ethics of gay dating apps and what his new app is trying to achieve.
Porn isn't bad for our health, it has as many positives as it does negatives
The new research on porn doesn't look at the whole picture - porn can be good.
Grindr: The dark reality (Part 2)
It has become common for older men to solicit sex from younger men and for racist and ageist comments to be used without repurcussion. Is this the dark underbelly Grindr?
Grindr: The ethics behind the 'right now' culture (Part 1)
Grindr's primary use has become a means of obtaining ‘right now’ sex: a no-strings-attached sexual encounter. But what are the implications of this 'right now' culture?