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Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films.

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
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Danish school kids may soon have porn on the official curriculum.
 
A sexology professor at Aalborg University has proposed that Danish public schools show porn films so that students can learn to distinguish between real-life sex and the unrealistic expectations that teens can get from watching hard-core porn.
 
“Instead of having sex education be boring and technical, where you roll a condom onto a cucumber, I’d rather have us educate our children to be critical consumers who see porn with a certain distance and reflection,” Christian Graugaard told public broadcaster DR. 
 
With studies showing that up to 99 percent of teenage boys and 86 percent of teenage girls in the Nordics have seen porn, Graugaard said that schools should help the teens understand that their own sex life is unlikely to mirror that of what they see online. 
 
Graugaard said that if teens try to replicate what they see in hard-core porn films “it is a recipe for broken necks and disappointment”. 
 
DR spoke to a classroom in Aalborg about the suggestion, and the students there were positive. 
 
"I think you could get something out of it – for example the difference between real love between two people who have sex and hard porn and orgies from the US," ninth grade student Anders Kaagaard told DR.

 
Denmark has a history of being ahead of the curve on the acceptance of porn. The country lifted a ban on pornography in 1967 and two years later, Denmark became the first country in the world to completely legalize it. 
 
Today, porn is fairly mainstream in Denmark. According to a survey from October, three fourths of Danish men and a third of Danish women watch porn.
 
The Danish request to introduce porn in schools, however, is not unique. According to DR, similar efforts are underway in both the UK and Sweden. 

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Danish health chief gives OK to lockdown love: ‘Sex is good. Sex is healthy’

Denmark's health chief has made it clear that Denmark's strict approach to social distancing does not extend to sex, either casual or in a steady relationship.

Danish health chief gives OK to lockdown love: 'Sex is good. Sex is healthy'
Søren Brostrøm puts some of Danes' worries to rest during Monday's press conference. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix
At a press conference on Monday, Søren Brostrøm, The Director General of the Danish Health Authority, said that even singles who have a relatively high number of different sexual partners should not feel inhibited by social distancing measures. 
 
“Sex is good. Sex is healthy. We are sexual beings, and of course you can have sex in this situation,” he said. “As with any other human contact, there is a risk of infection. But of course one must be able to have sex.” 
 
Coronavirus enters the respiratory tract by the inhalation of droplets, and is not spread via semen or vaginal fluid, but the physical closeness involved in sex clearly brings a risk of inhaling the virus. 
 
Kåre Mølbak, professional director at Denmark's SSI infectious diseases agency, said that the social distancing guidelines in Denmark should nonetheless not discourage either dating or full-blown sexual encounters. 
 
“I don't think there is a ban on meeting. That is only in relation to larger assemblies. So in that way, I think there is still the opportunity to have that kind of contact, and especially with a permanent partner,” he said. 
 

 

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