PORN TO BE DE­BATED ON LIVE TV

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Th­ese days, all kinds of hard­core adult films are avail­able in­stantly to any­one with a phone, tablet or home com­puter — of­ten free.

But is it healthy? Jour­nal­ist Tom Til­ley aims to find out.

The host of Triple J’s cur­rent af­fairs pro­gram Hack will bring to­gether peo­ple from all sides for next Mon­day’s Aus­tralians On Porn on ABC2.

“Porn stars, sex ther­a­pists, anti-porn activists and reg­u­lar con­sumers of pornog­ra­phy will be part of a live dis­cus­sion fo­rum,” Til­ley says.

Aca­demic Gail Dines wrote about in­ter­net porn in her book Porn­land, ar­gu­ing it dis­torts views of sex­u­al­ity and makes real-life in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships more dif­fi­cult.

“She be­lieves it’s de­stroy­ing the sex­u­al­ity of a whole gen­er­a­tion,” Til­ley says. “I’m still making up my mind. There’s a ques­tion about whether it gives peo­ple un­re­al­is­tic expectations.

“And the other burn­ing ques­tion is what all this means for women. “Is it de­grad­ing? “The other big ques­tion is about where this is all head­ing. You think about how much our re­la­tion­ships with porn have changed in just a decade … what’s go­ing to hap­pen in the next 10 years?”

AUS­TRALIANS ON PORN, ABC2, MON­DAY, 9.30PM

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