The Porn Talk

This website is one of the only sites online addressing the issue of pornography and teen viewership directly. This site is aimed at parents and its goal is to encourage them to have “The Porn Talk” with their kids and provides them with information and talking points to guide them. The Porn Talk also has an “Expert’s Corner” as well as a message board where parents can ask questions and get answers. There are some good tips on this site for parents looking to communicate more openly with their kids, and The Porn Talk does seem to genuinely advocate for better dialogue between parents and kids around issues of sexuality and pornography. It also warns against simply lecturing teens on the dangers of porn, which is a strategy that is likely to make them shut down rather than listen.

Upon deeper investigation into this site, it does however become clear that The Porn Talk is taking a “pornography is always bad” stance. The “Expert” in the Expert’s Corner is a Christian pastor, and the assumption throughout the website is that porn always negatively affects children, is bad for families and destroys the possibility of teens  being able to have healthy relationships. The Porn Talk is particularly concerned with protecting children from online predators and assumes that the path from MySpace to Pornography to Meeting an Online Predator is straightforward and almost guaranteed to occur. The Porn Talk therefore advocates for complete parental control over the media in the house. It suggests that parents check browser history, install site blocking software and discourage teens and kids from engaging in online chat. These actions often only serve to alienate teens by suggesting they can’t be trusted, and violates the privacy of teens who may be exploring their sexuality and using the Internet to do so.

The Porn Talk also points to questionable research on the impact of pornography on teens, providing info on some of the correlations we talked about earlier such as links between teens, porn and aggression or depression. However, there is very little context provided for the findings, nor is there a discussion of how teens with mental health or behaviour issues are more likely to seek escape of all kinds. Therefore, while this site is helpful in getting the conversation around sex and porn started,  it is definitely not taking a sex-positive stance towards the issue and its conclusions, if not its approach, should be taken as one (more conservative) aspect of a larger conversation around teens and porn.

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