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Talking About It: Porn Literacy as Media Literacy


College Room February 25, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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Kate Sinclaire

Porn is everywhere, but a general sexual taboo in North America means that we don’t talk about it the same way we do other forms of media. With an internet full of any act imaginable, how do we teach people to understand their own sexuality if they do not have the life experience to put the porn they are watching into context. How do we get people to respect the differences in others’ healthy sexual desires, especially when our first exposure to those kinks might be via a random poorly worded google search? As much as mainstream culture is loath to admit it, porn is media that requires literacy – specifically, media that affects our perceptions of our own and others’ sexuality.

In this session, Kate Sinclaire will address the impact that our cultural silence has on sexual exploration, consent, kink, sexuality, and gender, and how open communication can improve our sexual wellbeing. We’ll also cover the relation between sexual content vs explicit content (where the porn line gets drawn), ideological state apparatus (religion, the family, education systems, etc), the NC-17 rating in popular movies – relating sex as art vs sex as porn – and the parental roles involved in teaching these concepts in a world where people both young and old have essentially unrestricted access to porn.

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