Pornography causes distress and harm, but what can we do about it?

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YOUNG PEOPLE

Pornography causes distress and harm, but what can we do about it?

Cathy Stephenson

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Pornography today is very different from the Playboy most of us grew up with

GP Cathy Stephenson helps you understand the world of pornography that young people are exposed to, often accidentally, then offers suggestions for discussing this challenging topic and providing support when it is needed.

Key points, Exposure to pornography has potential to cause harm, including engagement in harmful sexual behaviours, mental health and body image issues, impacts o, Pract Green w Pale Yellow
References
  1. 1NZ Youth and Porn: Research findings of a survey on how and why young New Zealanders view online pornography. Wellington, NZ: Office of Film and Literature Classification; 2018. classificationoffice.govt.nz

  2. Breaking Down Porn: A Classification Office Analysis of Commonly Viewed Pornography in NZ. Wellington, NZ: Office of Film and Literature Classification; 2019. classificationoffice.govt.nz

  3. Vera-Gray F, McGlynn C, Kureshi I, et al. Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography. Brit J Criminol 2021;azab035.