“The risk has only intensified during the pandemic, which often keeps young people at home and isolated, tied to screens that often provide their only lifeline to peers or school,” writes Globe reporter Stephanie Ebbert.
Dr. Gail Dines, Founder & President of Culture Reframed, describes the issue: “Kids are more at risk than they’ve ever been. This is a pandemic within a pandemic. Parents can’t monitor as much as they did because they’re just overwhelmed with home schooling and having kids home through the summer.”
The story describes some of the most-viewed content in today’s porn: “Consider that free Internet porn is rife with images of male aggression and female degradation, often featuring rough anal sex, name-calling, hair-pulling, spanking, women being strangled during sex, and women being gagged with body parts. As a result, Dines argues that porn is altering sexual expectations, skewing gender norms, and teaching young people that women enjoy painful or degrading sex acts.”