Our Pornographic Education

Kim Nguyen at Crystal Lake

Tue, Sep 17 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

We're coming to Crystal Lake to explore sex education (or the lack of it) in the US. We'll look at how sexual violence is rampant in our society, and how women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks are particularly targeted.

Porn has been vilified from religious circles to some feminist circles. Politicians in Utah have declared a “War on Porn” citing its role in encouraging risky sexual behavior to sexual violence. The most common fear about pornography is that it hurts girls and women by encouraging sexist behavior, creating unrealistic sexual expectations, and normalizing violence against women.

As more places double down on abstinence-only education and talking about sex with teenagers is still uncomfortable or even taboo, porn and the internet at large has become the place where many young folks are getting their sex education.

What does the science and research say about the effect of porn? Who’s watching? How often? What’s the impact? Come find out.

This Olio will explore sex education in the US, how sexual violence is rampant in our society, and how women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks are particularly targeted.

Teacher: Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen is a doctoral student at City University of New York in the Critical Social and Personality Psychology program and a research associate at sexgenlab.org. She teaches at Pratt Institute and Hunter College. Kim is interested in the different ways in which social injustice and power dynamics dehumanize and disrupt our ability to connect with one another (and ourselves).


Venue: Crystal Lake
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