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Children can easily be exposed to porn online. Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon

Is that porn your child is watching online? How do you know?

Online porn is big business and has plenty of adults viewing the content. But young children can also be exposed to porn, and much of that comes from accidental or unwanted exposure.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships. Creatista/Shutterstock

It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

The stash of hidden magazines you might remember from your youth is vastly different from the sexually explicit content children are exposed to today.
Some 63% of men and 20% women had looked at pornography in the past year in Australia. shutterstock.com

Celebrity nudes, online porn – we need to watch ourselves

When 56-year-old Madonna posed topless for Interview magazine this month the public reaction was a stifled yawn. Her erotic exposé was the latest in a recent swathe of celebrities stripping off. In November…
More painful experience. Teens by Shutterstock

All too often, anal sex isn’t about young women’s desires

We often talk about educating young people about consent but what does this mean? Does it simply boil down to teaching young men not to rape? And, if this is the case, it’s a depressingly low bar. Instead…
Industry insiders spoke of how mainstream porn has moved from being ‘lovey dovey’ in the mid-1990s to rough and aggressive. Cher Amio/Flickr

Aggressive and debasing: the real issues in porn debates

It’s a well-worn political trick that you caricature and call your opponents names when you don’t want to engage with the substance of their claims. In debates about porn, pornography advocates often seek…
Porn often gets the blame for violence against women. Flickr/Duncan

Porn doesn’t lead to rape culture

Communication Minister Stephen Conroy’s recent decision not to impose a mandatory internet filter on sexually explicit content is a welcome injection of realism into the frequently febrile discussion of…

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