We need to talk about Pornography

We need to talk about Pornography by Vanessa Rogers

From September 2020 exploring the potential impact of pornography on expectations of relationships and sex, body image and mental health and wellbeing is a part of the RSE national curriculum in England, but how confident do you feel teaching about this traditionally tricky topic? This books can definitely help. Exploring topics ranging from sexting, revenge porn and the law to relationship boundaries and sexual stereotypes, this practical teaching resource facilitates discussion on the difficult issues surrounding the potential impact and influence of pornography on young people.

With 24/7 access via smart phones and online, many young people report pornography as their main source of sex and relationships education. This book explores what pornography is, how sex is portrayed in the media versus the reality of real life, how pornography can affect sexual relationships, self-esteem and body image, and provides details of where young people can seek advice and support if they are worried. It includes full lesson plans, activities, photocopiable materials and clear information on how to implement the programme, including outlines for staff CPD sessions and parent workshops.

A comprehensive resource that supports the new National Curriculum for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), this book is a must have for teachers, senior leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors, youth workers, school nurses and anyone else working with 13-19 year olds. 

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"This is such an important subject! Pornography threatens the quality, not only of young people's sexual relationships, but of all their relationships. This book is well-informed, responsible, challenging and full of helpful ideas for teachers and youth workers to use."

Nick Luxmoore, Author of Horny and Hormonal Young People, Sex and the Anxieties of Sexuality

''We need to help young people make sense of porn and to question it, rather than leave their sex and relationships education to the pornographers. This excellent teaching pack contains a wide range of group learning activities covering what porn is, the impact it can have, consensual and appropriate relationships, body image, sexting and online bullying. Guidance and practical tips are given so secondary teachers and youth workers can be confident about dealing with what can be an emotive subject and help young people keep safe, maintain their self respect and behave in caring ways towards others. Highly recommended.'

'A much needed resource for all PSHE teachers. We Need to Talk about Pornography delivers a practical and engaging resource to address a sensitive and challenging subject with your students.'


Author: Vanessa Rogers

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Language: English

Genre: Society, Politics and Philosophy ; Social Sciences ; Youth Worker Resources ; Working with Young People