An Educational Guide to Porn- A leaflet review.


So I have been ranting a bit about leaflets in this blog (thankfully my career isn’t in the takeaway industry otherwise I might give myself a stress induced hernia).

Anyhow I was very kindly sent a set of leaflets from the lovely @bishtraining.  Have to say I was rather impressed with all the leaflets (especially as most of them are not pages and pages of info but single pages crammed full of usefulness making them much more digestible!) but one stood out in particular as completely AWESOME!  (yes am aware I sound like a cringy wannabe american teenager when I use that word but I like it, so deal. :p)

The leaflet was “An Educational Guide to Porn”.  Now if you are a sex educator anywhere in the world you know that a lot of teenagers are getting a lot of their sex education from porn.  Now how accurate is that-hmm? And if you are a sex educator working in the UK then you will know as yet there are NO resources that properly tackle the issue.  Until now that is…

The leaflet covers condoms or lack thereof in pornography, sex talk (real life would be talking about sexual history, likes dislikes etc, porn chat being somewhat grimmer), comparisions with porn actors bodies versus real peoples bodies with awesome (and kinda cute) labelled cartoons.  It covers negativity towards women and poses questions to readers to get them to think, it also explores equality issues in pornography.  It explores the ideas that its mostly for men, that they are acting and its not all “normal” (eg. the problem of anal sex being popularized by porn).

It considers whether porn is good or bad and again asks the reader to weigh it up- so not patronising the teenager in anyway (we all know if we tell teens something is bad it won’t have the effect we want now will it?!).  It clarifies “group sex” in pornography compared to the real world (in real life mostly one partner at a time!) and points out about fashion in pornography won’t be same in real life (re. outfits, hairdos make up etc.).  Finally it also points out you may see some stuff you don’t understand and points out this is the kind of stuff that gets passed around on mobile phones.  (As an aside- please be aware that in my experience many YP have seen “two girls one cup” (don’t google-it’s grim!) before they have even had any kind of sexual experience- that’s wrong and definitely needs to be addressed with YP).

It even gives humourous career advice “pizza delivery guys don’t get to have sex when they are developing pizza”. Tee hee. 🙂

I mean that is a heck of a lot to fit in a leaflet and I genuinely am very impressed (and feeling a leetle guilty about my leaflet rants ;))! It does clarify the law relating to pornography as in “the legal age to watch porn is 18” but I would possibly have liked to see a clarification on the law relating to sex with animals, under 18’s etc included but to be totally fair that is clarified very well in Bishtraining’s “sex & the law leaflet” and it is such an impressive leaflet as it is that I am just being that awful stereotypical teacher and trying to find one thing to improve (AfL dagnamit!).  Oh and there is a teensy spelling mistake but yanoo what – you could set that as a challenge to find- bit of literacy thrown in- what more could a teacher want! 🙂

I would definitely recommend this resource to use in a lesson on pornography with young people (and no I have not been paid or induced in any way to write this review I promise- did it off my own bat because I am so fed up with the lack of resources to educate young people about pornography (well I mean its not like we are going to show them porn clips now are we- it being ILLEGAL!! Dur!)) I think this resource plugs a much needed gap and I really can’t wait to see the upcoming resource Bishtraining is producing to help professionals deal with issues around porn with young people and you can put me first on the list to buy it.

🙂

Happy Educating.

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3 thoughts on “An Educational Guide to Porn- A leaflet review.

  1. Pingback: Educational Blog Digest 30th November 2010 | Creative Education Blog

  2. great review. I have to be honest, the need to educate kids about porn had never crossed my mind, but this sounds like a great resource to support it. I imagine the blog post will get plenty of views too, very catchy title!

    I highlighted your post in my Daily Digest of Education related blogs today as I thought other teachers would find it of interest. You can see it here: http://bit.ly/gPGftV

    • It’s unfortunate that we do! Young people are seeing lots of hardcore stuff without having any understanding about what is actually going on, and it is creating very worrying false ideas about what sex actually is.

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