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Toolbox Tuesday: Pornography: Discussing Sexually Explicit Images

June 29, 2010
The CSPH

Porn, Porn, Porn.  It’s the cause of much debate within the Sexological communities, the public and the government.  Most of the information disseminated into culture is how damaging sexually explicit images can be.  As sexuality professionals, we work to empower individuals, help people make healthy choices, normalize fears and anxieties and provide medically accurate information that is value-free.

Discussing Sexually Explicit Materials (SEM) can be *ahem* a touchy subject, but the fact remains, the majority of Americans have seen it and it needs to be talked about.  The good, the bad and, most challenging, the emotions that are brought up regarding it.  Helping people hear the what scientifically accurate studies show  is a key way that to promote healthy, medically accurate sexuality education.

But how can you do it?  Especially in school systems?

Enter the curriculum Pornography: Discussing Sexually Explicit Images.  Produced by Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, this guide is designed to ground educators in the facts, perspectives and political realities of sexually explicit images.  This curriculum will assist in leading reasonable and productive discussions about sexually explicit materials with colleagues, parents, young people and concerned members of the community.

The guide is practical, fact-based, sex-positive, tolerant of multiple perspectives, rights-based and focused on youth (although it can be used with adult populations as well).

Helping people make informed decisions about sexually explicit materials for $40.00 is a steal.  Purchase a copy and dive into helping people learn the facts about SEM.  This curriculum is also offered at The CSPH for use amongst professionals and students.