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Italian Porn “Legend” Admits Porn Is Harmful, Calls For Better Classes About Sex

By March 5, 2018 May 4th, 2018 No Comments
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Rocco Siffredi is the most well-known male porn performer in Italian porn, possibly the most popular international performer ever.

Current male porn performers like James Deen reference Siffredi as inspiration, lauding him as a pioneer of the “rough sex” genre. His reputation comes from the extreme, horrifying nature of his scenes, such as having sex with a woman while plunging her head into the toilet and flushing it. This guy’s reputation for extreme pornography is well documented, having appeared in over 1,300 films in a 30-year career.

But even with a massive number of porn credits under his belt (literally), he doesn’t believe porn is a positive influence on the rising generation.

The Last Person You’d Expect To Speak Out, But…

It’s safe to say that Siffredi is the type of guy who nobody thought would speak out against porn. However, to the surprise of many, this legendary male porn performer is saying that kids shouldn’t watch porn because of what it teaches about sex. Seems like a no-brainer to anyone who knows about the harmful effects of porn, but a surprising idea to anyone who might not.

The 51-year-old adult film veteran is now speaking out against the porn industry, saying “…due to lacking alternatives, [porn] has become a means to learn, especially among young people.” Siffredi started an online petition calling for classes that teach about sex to be a part of the curriculum in schools across his home country of Italy.

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His petition on Change.org stated that sex education is “compulsory in all EU countries except in Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom.” The porn performer warned the Italian Prime Minister of Education that most of a young man’s knowledge of sex is largely based off watching hardcore porn.

“I have been doing my work for 30 years and I have acquired enough experience to guarantee that what I do is not sex education,” Sifreddi said in a statement.

Not The First Time

This isn’t the first time a major male porn performer is speaking out against the industry.

Not long ago, we interviewed Greg, arguably the most successful male porn star of all time with a 23-year career that landed him an induction into the Adult Video News Hall of Fame. Our premiere of Greg’s never-before-heard story showed the world that his quick rise in the porn industry contributed to his drug addiction, ruined his relationships, damaged his attitudes about sex, and finally, how it almost ruined his life.

Rocco Siffredi’s petition for more practical sex education in Italian schools received over 35,000 signatures. And while a former porn performer known for demeaning, rough sex scenes probably wouldn’t be the best choice to teach kids, the fact remains that the rising generation is in serious need of some quality information about sex that isn’t from porn.

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Our Generation Needs Knowledge

According to a recent survey of more than 2,500 grade school and university students in the UK, 60% of kids watch porn to get more information about sex. It’s clear that our generation today needs a little more in-depth knowledge from trusted sources. Porn provides the graphic detail of exaggerated and fantasy-driven sex that might show the most basic mechanics of how things work, but in the most counterproductive and false way possible.

If porn is what kids are using to fill in the gaps in their knowledge about sex, they are basically shooting themselves in the foot without even knowing it.

Because porn is full of ideas and beliefs that are completely opposite of what real relationships, real sex, and real love are like. Healthy relationships are built on equality, honesty, respect, and love. But in porn, it’s the reverse; interactions are based on domination, disrespect, abuse, violence, and detachment. Is that something we want anyone to be learning as their introduction to anything sexual? Us neither.

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