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Porn as sex education: a cultural influence we can no longer ignore

By Maree Crabbe

Porn is big business. It is estimated to be worth about US$25bn in annual profit and to account for 30% of all internet traffic.

Even if we don’t watch it ourselves, porn demands our attention because its prevalence, the nature of its content, and its impact make it a cultural influence we can’t afford to ignore – a situation recognised by growing numbers of parents, schools, counsellors and policymakers.

My journey with porn began about eight years ago, when I was working as a sexual violence prevention educator. I watched the internet become more accessible and with it, the growth of the influence of porn as a sex educator. Porn became increasingly common in the conversations I was having with young people.

One of my most memorable conversations about pornography occurred with a group of disadvantaged 15- and 16 year-old boys who were part of an adventure therapy program

Read the full article at The Guardian

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