Young People Are Leading the Anti-Porn Movement in Sweden

Anti-porn organizer Maria Ahlin

In her 17-minute-long Tedx Göteborg talk, anti-porn movement organizer Maria Ahlin describes a man who first stumbled upon porn at age 6. He is 19 and still using it. He describes it this way: “To me, porn is a drug.” He admits he needs “more and more aggressive porn” to get “the same kick.”

Ahlin is chair of a Swedish youth organization, Changing Attitudes, which works to challenge the attitudes that lead to sex buying. From the CA website:

In a Swedish study from 2013, it emerged that 96% of upper secondary school boys (16 years) at some time consumed pornography. 70% of these consumed pornography at least once a week and 10% consumed pornography every day.

More than half of the girls (65%) had at least some experience of consuming pornography, almost [a] third (30%) did so at times – however, most girls consumed pornography less than once a week, and only a few consumed a lot.

Author and educator Ahlin has given more than 400 public talks. In her research, she has interviewed more than 500 people in prostitution, as well as thousands of sex offenders.

Watch the full video on the harms of porn and learn more about the anti-porn movement.

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Where are your kids getting their sex education? Their smartphones? In this digital age, it’s critical for young people to have trusted adults to help them build resilience and resistance to hypersexualized media and porn. Check out Culture Reframed’s free online Programs for Parents of Tweens and Program for Parents of Teens.


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  • Deni Sevenoaks says:

    I’m so relieved to hear that some young people are awake to the destruction of porn. In their lives and the lives of their friends. It’s a creeping disease that will be hard for their generations to deal with. Misogyny and violence against women and children are already a sickness that I think leads to so much that ails humanity and our relationship to our home, Mother Earth.

  • Jerlin John says:

    Hey Miss,am 27 year old. When I was 12 years old I myself have entangled in to the porn. It has affected me in the way I look at my society and now am trying to get over it. I really appreciated for you to standing up against the porn culture. Thanks again.

  • Anna Marie Pederson says:

    Thank you for your bravery in speaking about this critical and destructive but often unpopular and downplayed subject.

  • Tom Leykis says:

    “Anecdotal evidence” is not evidence. Personal opinion and interviewing people does not translate into scientific method, legitimate scientific surveys and analysis where the data set is sufficiently large enough and diverse enough to merit and warrant being accurate.

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