Young people, pleasure, and the normalization of pornography: sexual health and well-being in a time of proliferation?

Harrison, Lyn and Ollis, Debbie 2015, Young people, pleasure, and the normalization of pornography: sexual health and well-being in a time of proliferation?. In Wyn, Johanna and Cahill, Helen (ed), Handbook of children and youth studies, Springer, Singapore, pp.155-167.

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Title Young people, pleasure, and the normalization of pornography: sexual health and well-being in a time of proliferation?
Author(s) Harrison, Lyn
Ollis, DebbieORCID iD for Ollis, Debbie
Title of book Handbook of children and youth studies
Editor(s) Wyn, Johanna
Cahill, Helen
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 63
Start page 155
End page 167
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Singapore
Keyword(s) young people
Health and Wellbein
Pornography education
Summary It has been argued that pornography is the most prominent sex educator for young people today (Flood, M. (2010). Young men using pornography. In E. Boyle (Ed.), Everyday Pornography (pp. 164–178). Oxford: Routledge). Research indicates that first exposure to pornography can be as young as 11 years of age. There is evidence that exposure to pornography is shaping young people’s sexual expectations and practices (H€aggstro ̈ m-Nordin et al. 2005). Many young people are learning what sex looks like from what they – or their partner or peers – observe in pornography. Significantly,pornography is normalizing sex acts that most women do not enjoy and may experience as degrading, painful, or violating. This raises serious implications for young people’s capacity to develop a sexuality that incorporates mutual pleasure, respect, and negotiation of free and full consent.While the results are complex and nuanced, research into the effects of pornography consumption provides reliable evidence that exposure to pornography increases aggressive attitudes and behavior towards women for some viewers (Malamuth et al. Annual Review of Sex Research 11, 26–91, 2000). Pornography consumption also has been found to be associated with sexual health risk taking and can impact negatively on body image and sense of self (Dean, L. (2007). Young Men, Pornography and Sexual Health Promotion, MA Research, Brighton University, Brighton, in possession of the author), and as such is a serious health and well-being issue, particularly for young women.This chapter explores preservice teachers’ reactions to pornography education using two examples from teaching of an elective Teaching Sexuality in the Middle Years, in 2011. These examples explore the complex emotions such teaching can generate and the challenges faced by preservice teachers when they are encouraged to confront the gendered and violent consequences of the normalization of pornography in a coeducational setting.
ISBN 9789814451147
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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