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TEDx Talk—Why This Sex Therapist Wants Parents to Talk About Porn

With 1 in 4 children being exposed to online porn by the age of 12, it’s critical we know what they’re seeing—and talk to them about it.

By June 15, 2021September 8th, 2021No Comments
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With one in four children being exposed to online porn by the age of twelve or younger, it’s critical we know what they’re seeing—and it’s critical we talk to them about it.

Jo Robertson is a sex therapist who researches porn. In this gut-wrenching and unflinching talk, she explains the new porn landscape, the potential impacts on our kids, and how to get past the awkwardness and have the healthy conversations we need to have. Jo Robertson is the Research and Training Lead for The Light Project, a charitable trust equipping youth, whānau, and professionals to navigate the new porn landscape.

Listen to Jo Robertson’s interview with Consider Before Consuming, a podcast by Fight the New Drug.

In her TED talk, she addresses and debunks four common responses she gets when she tells people she’s a sex therapist who explores porn’s impact on youth:

1. “Porn aids people in exploring their sexual preferences.”

2. “LGBTQ+ youth often turn to porn for education on their sexualities that are not often addressed.”

3. “Women are empowered and liberated through porn production.”

4. “Ethical porn is becoming more common and commonly accepted.”

Watch to see how the research holds up to each one of these responses, and learn how parents can healthfully respond to their kids in our pornified world.

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