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Make Love Not Porn

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Yesterday marked the end of this year’s edition of the annual new media and politics conference Re:publica in Berlin. Among the talks I most enjoyed was Cindy Gallop’s presentation of “Make Love Not Porn”; not surprisingly, it is also one of the most contreversial.  Long before anyone knew what youtube was, or the term blog meant anything, hardcore porn was already firmly entrenched as a staple of the internet.  Then and now, men and women, girls and boys, have access to a massive amount of pornography which they consume regularly and from disturbingly young ages.  What concerns Cindy, and surely concerns many of us who grew up knowing all about porn and the internet, is that when you combine this with the reluctance many parents have to speak with their children about sex. As well as the fear that exists within our educational system, to say the wrong thing when addressing sexual education and suffer the wrath of angry parents, the result is that hardcore pornography has a huge educational role in how our children learn about sex.  As a result, they will go out into the world and enter into romantic relationships, with the unrealistic norms that internet porn has taught them.  A pattern that has already been going on for more than a decade, resulting in all kinds of physical and mental harm, as people assume that they should do and enjoy the same things the actors do in the porn they were raised with.

In an effort to combat these harmful effects, Gallop runs makelovenotporn.com, which aims to debunk and expose myths and fallacies between the world of porn and real life sex.  Using language and references that ironically have gotten her banned and flagged by conferences and web providers. Even TED, the beloved presentation-channel of the internet, refuses to host video of her Ted Talk on their website. Instead you can see it on youtube, as well as the often heated discussion that follows in the comments.

Source: MakeLoveNotPorn

Photo: PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE / flickr

 

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