Porn in the news...

Each week I’m going to post a link to articles that relate to the issue of porn and its effects.

The first is from Gail Dines in The Washington Post.  You can check it out here.  She argues that the evidence for the harmful effects of porn are now so overwhelming that it should be considered a public health crisis.  In fact, the state of Utah has already declared it to be so.  Here’s her conclusion:

“Parents and educators at every level need to know that if porn is not discussed in a research-based, age-appropriate sexual health curriculum, its effects will surely show up as sexual harassment, dating violence and inadvertent “child pornography” on students’ phones. Pornography can cause lifelong problems if young people are not taught to distinguish between exploitative porn sex and healthy, safe sex. As the research shows, porn is not merely a moral nuisance and subject for culture-war debates. It’s a threat to our public health.”

The second article of note was written by Judith Ireland in the Sydney Morning Herald.  You can check it out here.  It’s written partly in response to some of the submissions made to Senate Inquiry.  It’s got a heap of helpful statistical information as well as some suggestions for parents. 

A key takeaway for me from the article came from Catharine Lumby, quoted below:

Macquarie University’s Catharine Lumby, has recently interviewed 13-17 year olds about where they get their information from about sex, as part of an Australian Research Council grant. The focus groups revealed only about 20 per cent of teenagers would talk to their parents about sex.

”That is really frightening to me,” the professor of media says.

“That means it’s all left to the school.”

 

We certainly don’t want porn to be the main educator of our kids when it comes to sex.