‘Exposure Listens’ podcast: how porn affects young people

May 4, 2022

L-R: Kate Rogers, Eva Chard, Abi Greene, Rosie Aslett and Ayanna Huie-Manneh

Young women delve into a disturbing 18-rated world now accessible to all

In this episode of Exposure Listens, five young women talk openly about the damage pornography is having on young people due to its prevalence and accessibility on the Internet.

They explore its impact on young women, with unrealistic expectations, pressure to please their male partners, to be ‘sexy’ and perform to certain standards, and the discomfort of being viewed constantly as sex objects, including when they are in their uniform on their way to school.

They speak about the effect pornography has on young men: macho stereotypes, an inability to respect or even relate to real females in the real world, falling down a rabbit hole of evermore extreme sexual practices, erectile dysfunction and the taboo that makes it difficult to admit they have an addiction.

The group also touch on the effect on LGBT+ and ethnic minority groups who are fetishised and exploited by pornography.

They present solutions, such as imposing age and price restrictions on pornography to limit accessibility as well as the importance of boys having real, positive female influences on their lives, like older sisters to help curb their behaviours.

For those concerned about pornography addiction, click here for advice from Stop It Now.

You can get more advice here from the Your Best Friend #FriendsCanTell campaign.

Thanks to SafeLives, which is operating the Your Best Friend Fund, for making this fantastic #FriendsCanTell campaign possible.

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