ON PORN & EDUCATION

Following the Ana Kriegel case, can anyone deny that young boys being exposed to 24/7 access to hardcore pornography is problematic?

At the very least it aggravates and amplifies pre-existing tendencies to sexual violence & pyschopathy in a small minority. And it warps the attitude to sex and women of every young person.

Teen brains are not like adult’s – they can be badly screwed up by overexposure to hardcore imagery.

But will banning porn access for under 18s solve this or is it just a distraction from the real issue of a chronic lack of services for young people, especially disadvantaged and marginal young people?

I’m afraid there is no technological way of stopping determined & tech savvy youngsters from accessing porn. It’s a waste of time even trying. And FG and other’s pushing the censorious line are well aware of that.

I work in lots of secondary school’s and youth clubs and the like. Young people are great but they need support in this mad world run by billionaire savages. Teachers and others who work with young people need training and support in how to talk to young people about sex, porn, sexuality, consent and boundaries and so on.

We need to enpower young women and encourage young men to be the best they can be with thorough, secular, non-judgemental sex and relationships education.

We need to be able to provide interventions and programs of recovery to young people showing signs of porn addiction & chronic misogyny – they are not difficult to spot – so that we have a PREVENTATIVE strategy in place re sexual violence.

FG & the right won’t do that – it would mean a big investment – it’s so much cheaper to talk rubbish about an impossible ban.

Following the court verdict, Varadkar was banging on about kids getting sex education from dubious sources and yet he and his government blocked the Solidarity-People Before Profit sex education bill. What a shambles of a government we have!

Proper sex education, like all progress in Ireland, will have to fought for.

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