Canada needs to do more to protect teens from porn, sociologist says

- November 20th, 2013

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OTTAWA — Canada can reduce the demand for prostitutes by better limiting teenagers’ access to pornography, Wheelock College sociologist Dr. Gail Dines says.

“We have 40 years of peer-reviewed studies that shows that pornography shapes the way boys and men think about women,” the Boston-based professor told a press conference on Parliament Hill Wednesday. “It shapes their behaviour as well.”

She said the earlier boys start viewing porn, the less they’re able to perform sexually without it, while their appetite for uninhibited sex partners increases.

“The only women who can’t say ‘no’ in this culture are women who are trafficked and prostituted because they will be beaten up by their pimp,” Dines said. “So, what we’ve found in studies is that the more men go to pornography, the more they’re seeking out trafficked and prostituted women to play out porn sex on their bodies.”

Conservative MP Joy Smith joined Dines at the press conference. She said Canadians should be aware of the true damage caused by the multibillion-dollar porn industry.

“I think education is our greatest weapon and I think we need to take action,” Smith said.

She also renewed her call for Canada to create a system similar to the one being developed in U.K.

That’s where major Internet service providers are installing porn-blocking filters for all users, with only the account credit card holder able to disable them.

Dines agrees children need extraordinary protection.

“Free porn is the equivalent of me standing outside a high school handing out free cigarettes and alcohol,” she said.

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3 comments

  1. Jessica says:

    It is a parents job to control whether a child sees porn or not, not Canada’s.

  2. Jen says:

    I didn’t realize that the public’s safety meant that much to the media.
    I thought it is all about literature.

  3. sir capitalism says:

    Hello,

    You are lumping all porn together and assuming it’s the porn rather than society failing our children across the board. It is illegal fo members of society to console children; even teachers. You’re also forgetting about the pendulum swing where boys are being punnished for being boys in addition to being neglected by our sexist female teachers as the alarming rate of male dropouts strongly suggests.

    Imagine going through school and always being punished for being male prodominently by female teachers and having no means to voice these unacceptable behaviours by our teachers because you’re male and society hired prodominantly feminists to teach our children… all this just adds up to porn being a visual representation of retaliation against female teachers being equally as sexist as their previous male counterparts.

    As children are smarter than adults, especially when it comes to tech, the UK will only prevent adults from accessing porn as children already know how to circumvent government restrictions as Chinese and Saudi children have already shown.

    Perhaps if we all just put our smartphones down and regularly engaged oursleves in the lives of our children we’d see our children behave better all across the board.

    Sir Capitalism

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