Teaching Porn In UK Schools

October 31, 2012
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Teaching Porn In UK Schools

Teaching Porn In UK Schools

For parents, having “The Talk” with their kids about sex has always been difficult. So difficult in fact that very often it didn’t take place at all. Whether it’s covering the basics of reproduction, menstruation, contraception, relationships or STDs there are any number of reasons why communication between the generations can falter when it comes to sex education. Young adults, often full of hormones and headstrong coupled with the innate awkwardness that can exist between even parents and kids with the best relationships can make communication difficult.

If it weren’t for the Internet we might by now be reaching a stage where educated and open minded parents were able to carefully and thoughtfully approach their often mercurial kids and broach these important and delicate subjects. As each generation has become more at home with its sexuality you would imagine that preparing your kids for their sexual explorations would have been easier.

But then came the World Wide Web. The most powerful tool for distributing information ever put into the hands of humanity has complicated things in two very important and potentially damaging ways.

First of all it is possible to distribute information wider and faster than ever before. This information may be true, or it may not and if it is untrue the consumers of that information are not as equipped to assimilate that information as they might be. Whereas previous generations would have been more likely to absorb information from books and seek out corroborating sources today it’s often the case that a quick visit to Wikipedia is seen as providing definitive answers to every question. That means that kids are absorbing far too much incomplete, inaccurate and out of context information.

Without a frame of reference all learning loses much of its value and the temptation to skim through just one source of answers is stronger than ever. Worse yet, what if you find a “source” in an easily consumable format like say video that also excites you?

That’s the problem with porn. It’s attractive, exciting, doubly so because it’s supposed to be off-limits until you reach the age of consent and above all it’s totally unrealistic. Like a novel or a TV soap opera porn is a version of reality for entertainment, it’s not a documentary. As such porn takes liberties, tells white lies and often tells some pretty huge lies too. Porn isn’t about relationships or about sex education, it’s there to titillate and turn you on. So when you see porn without understanding relationships or sex in the real world it’s no wonder that parents and educators are worried about the effect it’s having on young adults.

If pornography could be regulated then the problem would be much smaller. The Internet prevents effective regulation of pornography; While responsible producers follow the rules, make sure the performers are healthy and paid fairly for their work, plus don’t depict sex acts that are illegal there are too many unregulated producers who do not. It’s impossible to stop these producers distributing their content on the Internet and even the best filters will not stop all porn reaching a consumer’s PC if the consumer, in this case an adolescent, is determined enough.

So the only option is education. The issue of educating kids about pornography as part of the school curriculum makes the rows over sex education for children that rumbled on for decades look like a storm in a teacup. Prejudice about the genre, genuine concerns about what should be taught to kids and a lack of real understanding of the subject on the part of the educators will make it difficult.

However, there is no other option. Ignoring the proliferation of adult content and its uncontrolled consumption by under-aged net users has to be dealt with, ignoring it is simply changing the way the next generation view sex. Young women feel the pressure to be promiscuous “sluts” always eager to please and engage in a wide range of sexual acts that while unusual in most relationships are the staple fodder of pornography. Young men have to be ever-hard sexual stallions able to fuck for hours and shoot copious amounts of cum on demand.

That has to be addressed.

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