High School Students Are Becoming Porn Aficionados And It Has Everything To Do With Their Teachers

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

High school students in Boston, Mass., are attending porn literacy classes where they learn about the portrayal of gender, race, sexuality, etc. in pornography.

Peer leadership initiative Start Strong teaches the class of around two dozen Boston high school students each year, reported The New York Times. Start Strong is funded by Boston’s public health agency.

Students learn about sexuality, aggression, gender, queer sex, race, body image, and consent as they relate to porn for two hours a week for five weeks in The Truth about Pornography: A Pornography-Literacy Curriculum for High School Students Designed to Reduce Sexual and Dating Violence. Curriculum on dating violence, positive relationships, and LGBT affairs make up the rest of the year-long course.

The class makes use of group talks and role-playing to teach sex-related subjects. Meanwhile, Start Strong, the organization teaching it, bills itself as a program dedicated to ending abusive relationships.

“Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) is a program of the Division of Violence Prevention aimed at working with young people as the solution to ending teen dating violence,” says its site description. “Start Strong is an innovative grass-roots effort focused on 11- to- 18-year-olds to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by actively promoting healthy relationships.”

The site also offers documents with specific tips regarding cell phone reception during breakups and top ten lists of “healthy” and “unhealthy” relationship songs.

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