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Porn Has Basically Become Today’s Unofficial Substitute for Sex Ed / Teen Vogue

By Jane Halpern for Teen Vogue. Originally published on February 18th, 2017.


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“Not long ago, getting the real deal on sex meant talking to camp counselors or your coolest friend’s older sister. Now Wi-Fi will do. Today, there are millions of pornography sites, and they’re not lacking in visitors. Last year, pornhub.com reported 23 billion visits. According to the site, more Americans visit than those from other countries, but it’s not all guys: In one 2008 study of university undergraduates, 62 percent of girls reported being exposed to porn before the age of 18 (though not always voluntarily). The big story about porn and teens has been its reported effects on the teen psyche, with a chorus of commentators saying it can trigger everything from a fear of intimacy to body issues. Yet some experts say we’re missing the point. “The issue isn’t porn. The issue is that we don’t talk about sex in the real world,” says Cindy Gallop, a sex-positive feminist who aims to offer an alternative to porn through her website, makelovenotporn.com, an educational and social platform that focuses on demystifying real-world sex.

“Many issues are laid at porn’s door that should be laid at society’s,” Gallop explains. Such issues as consent, rape culture, and the fact that women are far less likely than men to achieve orgasm during intercourse could be worked out in a healthy dialogue but are too often glossed over on-screen.”


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