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The Truth About Pornography: A Pornography-Literacy Curriculum for High School Students CE: 4


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This course includes instructions on how to implement the curriculum (included) for "The Truth About Pornography", created ​by Jess Alder, MPA, Nicole Daley, MPH, and Emily F. Rothman, ScD, MS. 

Research suggests that virtually all U.S. youth have seen sexually explicit media (i.e., pornography) once or more by the time that they are 18 years old. A substantial percentage of teenagers seek out pornography intentionally because it is developmentally normative to be curious about sex. Whether viewing pornography is helpful or harmful to youth likely depends on a number of factors, including what they view, in what context, for what reason, their individual personality and psychological profile, and their environmental context. Regardless of the impact on anyone individual, it can still be useful to teach youth how to deconstruct sexual media and empower them to make choices about what they want to view, how they want to view it, and to cultivate self-knowledge about why they want to view it. Teaching this type of pornography media literacy is very rewarding—as our team knows from firsthand experience and as was recently reported in The New York Times Magazine

In 2016 we created a 10-session pornography literacy curriculum for Boston-area youth enrolled in afterschool programs (unaffiliated with the local school system). Based on our qualitative and quantitative research with youth about their use of pornography and dating experiences, and years of expertise directing the Start Strong healthy relationships program at the Boston Public Health Commission, our program steers clear of promoting either an “anti-pornography” or “pro-pornography” agenda. Our goal is to adhere as closely to what is known as possible, to admit when research findings on topics are mixed, and to be transparent about what is not yet understood or contentious. In this session, we will provide an overview of the empirical research in which we grounded our curriculum, present quantitative results of pre-and post-tests completed by youths who participated in pilot tests of the program and describe a selection of program lessons, activities, and youths’ reactions to them.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…

  1. Summarize the research literature in which the pornography literacy curriculum is grounded.
  2. Describe three or four activities that are conducted with youth to increase their pornography literacy.
  3. Facilitate conversations around consent, communication, and media literacy

Instructors: Jess AlderNicole Daley, Emily Rothman

Training Area:

SET: Theory and Methods of Sexuality Education (B) , Approaches with Specific Populations (D)


This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward the AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact [email protected].