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Liz Walker

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Impacts of porn
November 26, 2015

#6 – Eroticising the unthinkable

One of the fabulous things about being a sexologist is that you learn lots of things about humanity. The job title in itself beckons people to share their deepest secrets over a meal or casual drink. Last year was one such occasion. I had spoken at a sexual health conference and over…
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Impacts of porn
November 25, 2015

#5 – Porn eroticises violence against women

Today, on November 25th, we recognise White Ribbon Day – Australia’s campaign to prevent men’s violence against women. There is definitely a part of the conversation missing: violence against women eroticised by pornography. Violence against women deserves copious amounts of attention while ever girls and women are being murdered or…
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Impacts of porn
November 24, 2015

#4 – Ubiquitous Porn

When something is ubiquitous, it is present, appearing, or found everywhere. omnipresent, ever-present, present everywhere, everywhere, all-over, all over the place, pervasive, all-pervasive, universal, worldwide, global, rife, prevalent, predominant, very common, popular, extensive, wide-ranging, far-reaching, inescapable Trying to ascertain exactly how much porn is on the web produces a myriad of conflicting results. One article indicated that claims vary from 4-30% of the Internet being sex…
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Impacts of porn
November 23, 2015

#3 – The controversies surrounding porn

Pornography is a 'hot button' and controversial topic. I often refer to it as the ‘naked elephant in the room’. Everyone knows it’s there, but no one really wants to acknowledge it. Porn is controversial because it's divisive. There’s ‘Pro-Porn’ and ‘Anti-Porn’ sides. It's as oppositional, if not more, as any…
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Impacts of porn
November 22, 2015

#2 – Getting the porn definition right

It is important to understood exactly what is meant by the term ‘pornography’. It seems that definitions vary and are often open to interpretation. For instance, in 2009, researcher Michael Flood defined pornography as: Sexually explicit media that are primarily intended to sexually arouse the audience. It includes images of…
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Impacts of porn
November 21, 2015

#1 – Finally, the truth about porn

For a long time there has been huge resistance to having a decent conversation about the harms of pornography without being branded a prude for not embracing it. For instance, in the past, I’ve been told I’m ‘erotophobic’ (have a fear of anything erotic – best not tell my husband…
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Podcasts
November 18, 2015

Domestic Violence – what’s porn got to do with it?

17th November, 2015: Family & Domestic Violence Roundtable with Minister Fentiman This community event considered presentations from a range of people working in this space, either as a preventative measure or in assisting men, women and children affected by DV. A great organisation I would like to highlight is Say Yes…
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Sexuality
September 30, 2015

The Job Is Not Over

Heart-wrenching stories surface from time to time of young women's experiences growing up in a culture where they are not valued. This is a republished anonymous post from someone in the US. But this young woman isn't just 'someone'. She has a name - she has dreams for her future - and she never asked…
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Sexuality
August 24, 2015

Are Your Daughters Cybersafe?

A big thanks to Alison Stegert from e-Quipped for this article! Check out e-Quipped for information relating to a myriad of modern issues, from cyber-parenting to sexting. Most young people today have a head full of cybersafety information, thanks the vigilance of their parents and schools. It seems like grown-ups are doing…
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