First viewpoint: "Teachers have told us they are nervous about mentioning pornography
in sex and relationship education, yet given the ease with which
children are able to access explicit sexual content on the internet, it
is vital that teachers can respond to this reality appropriately. In addition, teaching children
and young people to be critical consumers of media and able to discuss
issues about the body, gender and sexual behaviour will equip them with
'filters in their head' to be more in control of the media available to
Other side of the debate: "To take a no-holds-barred approach to sex education has the
potential to break down pupils' natural sense of reserve and to
encourage casual attitudes towards sex. If we want children to view
sexual intimacy as something valuable, special and worthy of respect, it
needs to be addressed with modesty and restraint. To give lessons on pornography is to play with fire."
It seems like we respectively have a liberal vs. conservative standoff. There are few issues I have trouble taking sides on, but this is a tricky one.
It would be nice if people didn't think black men have giant dongs because they saw it in porn ( correlation between penis size and race has been disproven), but on the other hand, I think sex has become casual enough without school adding more fuel to the fire. I do not want to see an increase in young porn actors amongst the growing rates of unwanted pregnancy and STDs. Maybe the UK is smarter about sex than North Americans, but I don't care enough to find out.
I've got my stance: I'll only advocate the discussion of pornography in schools once they lift the lid on their Prussian agenda. How about we tell kids that their entire education is a sham, before pointing out the fake breasts on porn actresses? One is more important than the other, no? Last I heard, people in the UK were rioting about their tuition fees back in 2010. Unless something significant became of that, schools better start teaching students how their governments don't give a rat's ass about them.
Boy, I turn everything back into my vendetta against school.