Sara Jay|07.10.2013|Feature
Porn star Sara Jay discusses whether the unprecedented flow of porn is damaging to young people.

Porn films are intended to be viewed by adults. Whether the content glorifies “risky sexual behaviour” or not is irrelevant. We don’t remove or censor mainstream movies that depict vile, obscene, or violent behaviour—we rate them, so that the viewer knows what they are getting into when they decide to watch that movie. When it comes to porn, however, such ratings aren’t necessary because the entire genre is inappropriate for teenagers and children.

Porn movies already have many safeties installed to prevent teens and children from viewing them. To purchase a porn movie in DVD format, streaming, or digital download you have to verify that you are 18 (and sometimes 21). There are even programmes that parents can get that block specific sites from their computers.

One of the most crucial parts of parenting is to educate children about the difference between right and wrong and to instill morals and values. These are what help them make decisions. For instance, it’s up to parents to make sure their children know that even though they might see others committing dangerous or unsafe acts, it is important that they are capable of making right judgement.

Instead of blaming the Adult film industry for promoting risky sexual behaviour and unrealistic sexual attitudes among minors, parents need to educate their children about sex, sexual health, and sexual relationships. It can be a sensitive topic, but a very important one.

Instead of looking for the government to implement additional laws and censorship to an industry clearly labelled as “adult”, parents need to teach their children facts about sex. Pornographers aren’t in the business of making educational films for youth, they are in the business of creating fantasies for adults. Parents have to take more personal responsibility.

Do you agree with Sara Jay? Do you really want to talk about sex with your parents?

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