Henry Hepburn

Porn should be discussed in sex ed, say young women

Students want much more open conversations about sex – but one union says such an approach is risky

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Girls want school sex education to explore pornography, masturbation and the idea that sex can be enjoyable, according to research.

But a teaching union has warned that pupils could find such discussions “confusing” or even “frightening”, and that teachers often feel safer “resorting to a message of abstinence”.

The study, by Edinburgh-based social research agency the Lines Between, suggests that sex education focuses too much on biology, heterosexual relationships and worst-case scenarios.

It has also led to calls for schools to do more to help girls deal with unacceptable behaviour from ...

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