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“Porn literacy” for teens? We shouldn’t capitulate to such a toxic culture

Teenagers are watching more porn than ever before—and it’s affecting young women in particular. Rather than teaching them to be critical viewers, let's encourage a whole different approach to sex and relationships

By Sian Norris  

Pornography. With digital technology bringing access to pornography into our homes and our trouser pockets, we have come to accept it as part of life. It’s everywhere, including the places it’s not. The aesthetics of the porn industry are found in fashion shoots, in advertising, in literary novels, in teenage fanboy films. We’ve even got a Playboy President in the White House.

When I first became active in the feminist movement over a decade ago, the campaign to get rid of pornography and the commercial sex industry was real and…

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