“Young people learn unhealthy sexual habits from porn: researcher” by Jenni Henderson

Pornography doesn’t depict sex, but instead sexual exploitation. As dozens of researchers have discovered, abusive material has reached saturation point and is now one of the main primers for boy’s sexual template. Although children can never be completely shielded from a porn culture, there are defensive measures caregivers and teachers can use to help. Jenni Henderson describes more. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by ABC. The source of this excerpt is http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/07/25/4053738.htm

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As the pornography industry pushes towards a more aggressive, one-sided product, young people are being confused by the messages it gives them, says researcher Maree Crabbe.

Coming from a background of work in sexual violence prevention in schools and workplaces, Ms Crabbe was interested by what she found.

“The industry is really candid about the aggressive nature of the material they make and the fact that the aggression in porn is often directed towards the female performers,” she said.
The most common forms of aggression were gagging, chocking and slapping of female performers, which the performers responded to with apparent enjoyment.

Ms Crabbe also interviewed a range of young people on the subject and found that many young men’s sexual encounters were shaped by porn.

She said young women sometimes found their sexual encounters uncomfortable but were eager to please their partners.

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“We’re reasonably close to saturation point. It’s probably more difficult for young people to avoid seeing porn than to see it at some stage,” Ms Crabbe said.

Parents can control some of the ways that young people access porn but young people also need to have skills to critically analyse the effects of pornography on their behaviour, she said.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/07/25/4053738.htm

Jenni Henderson is a cross media reporter for ABC Gippsland.