Sex education as a corrective: Immunizing against possible effects of pornography

William A. Fisher, Azy Barak

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As readers of this volume are aware, many social scientists are concerned about the proliferation of pornography in our society and about its presumed negative effects. Reflecting these concerns, this chapter reviews some of the evidence-pro and con-regarding the prevalence and effects of pornography. We consider social policy options for dealing with possible negative effects of pornographic material, and we propose a school-based sex education program that is intended to produce highly generalized rejection of the antisocial messages that pornography may convey. We close this discussion by proposing a research agenda for testing the efficacy of sex education as a corrective for possible negative effects of pornography.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPornography
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Advances and Policy Considerations
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781136461187
ISBN (Print)0805800328, 9780805806151
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 1989 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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