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Cindy Gallop’s website Make Love Not Porn was started as a response to the universal availability of pornography and the comparative absence of comprehensive sex ed. It does not attempt to repress porn, but aims to bring its issues into conversations about sex education and to make it more ethical. Gallop’s project gets to the heart of one of the issues Petersen discusses in “Don Jon and the Digital Porn Dystopia”:

teens are now reporting that they’re expected to engage in “porny” behaviors…very early on, in large part because their partners have been immersed in media that depicts and normalizes those behaviors (or at least makes them standard). A woman thinks that men want a porn star, so a woman behaves like a porn star. Her pleasure is faked; his pleasure is never what he wants it to be. Lose, lose.

The project emphasizes that porn itself is not the problem; it is the power that porn has to shape people’s conceptions of sex and how its ideals seep into mainstream culture. She wants to open conversations about sex, especially with young people. The social stigma around sex and the unrealistic portrayal of sex in hardcore porn both contribute to distorted conceptions of intimacy and gender relations.

Article: http://mic.com/articles/113026/meet-the-female-entrepreneur-harnessing-the-power-of-more-ethical-porn

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