ERIC Number: EJ767649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 18
Sex, Pornography, and the Mass Media: How Should Social Studies Teachers Respond?
Martinson, David L.
Social Studies, v98 n2 p43-47 Mar-Apr 2007
Many people fear that the current explosion in mass media technology is negatively affecting individuals and society via-a-vis considerations related to the accessibility of pornographic materials. The way this accessibility affects young people is of particular concern. In this article, the author addresses these concerns from the legal and media-effects perspectives. He argues that social studies teachers can respond to questions about pornography and the mass media in a more confident and informed manner if they gain some familiarity with court rulings and contemporary social science research relevant to the impact of the mass media in a democratic society. The author contends that education, not censorship, is the best way to address the issue.
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Social Studies, Pornography, Democracy, Mass Media Effects, Sexuality, Legal Responsibility, Teacher Responsibility, Court Litigation, Censorship, Consciousness Raising, Teacher Role
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