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Article Written by Alexa Doiron

Sex is a topic that most parents and teachers fear discussing with their children. In American culture, sex is treated as something dirty and wrong which has led to the abstinence only sexual education programs that cover our nation. The issues in sex education not only lie there, but also in the tone that sex is regarded and the aspects of sexuality that is missed.

As aspect of sex education that most people used to and outrageous is now coming into discussion about its place in our public schools: pornography. Porn accounts for thirty percent of internet traffic and is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Not only that, but it is an indus- try that many young Americans have easy access to at the touch of their fingers. Students across the board have been going to the easily-accessible porn websites such as “PornHub” and other favorites as a way to supplement the lack of proper sex education they are receiving in school.

 

“I had sex-ed when I was in fifth grade and seventh grade but that was more of the health aspect of it. When I took a class in high school about it, it was mostly about childbirth,” said Senior, Cassandra Balosos. “My parents never had the sex talk with me so the internet and media here how I learned about sex, honestly. I mean, I got the ‘facts’ about it from school but no one really cares so much about the facts as much as they curious about how it actually is.

 

One of the primary routes of sex education in the U.S. is to teach students that abstinence is the only path for pregnancy and STD prevention. This is an issue because students are not looking to learn how to not have sex; the young people in our schools need to know that it is okay to have sex and that there are ways to do it safely. However, President Barack Obama has been trying to remove all federal funding for abstinence-only sex education in his 2017 budget in order to prevent the continuation of this type of culture. With this type of environment for teach students about sexuality, it makes most feel guilty about coming forth with questions. That is what leads them to the porn industry for the answers.

 

For many, porn provides information on how to pleasure their partner or how sexual situations actually play out. However, this is a dangerous path because most of the images and videos on porn sites are unrealistic and contribute to an aggressive sex culture that has become predominant in our nation. It is reported that around eighty-eight percent of scenes in porn show some type of physical aggression and forty-eight percent show verbal aggression. The overwhelming amount of these scenes show aggression directed toward women.

 

In the majority of porn films, most women are referred to in derogatory terms and the scenarios are devoid of pleasure or respect, oftentimes, for both members involved. For students to be receiving their primary accounts of sexual interaction from this type of unrealistic source is detrimental to how sex is perceived as they grow into practicing adults.

Proposing to educate students on the porn culture also is a way or propagating an agenda that teaches sexual activity in a lesson plan that teaches about love and mutual respect in sexual experiences. Without including pornography in sex education, students will continue to believe the false-reality of sex that they are learning online.