Originally published in “The Telegraph”.
As a study reveals a sharp rise in the number of schoolgirls at risk of emotional problems, Allison Pearson says we need to embolden our daughters to fight back against pornography – however embarrassing it may be.
Sometimes you hear a story that is so awful that it refuses to leave your mind, no matter how fervently you beg it to go away.
I was told one such story recently by a family doctor. Readers of a squeamish disposition may want to look away now.
I was having dinner with a group of women when the conversation moved onto how we could raise happy, well-balanced sons and daughters who are capable of forming meaningful relationships in an age when internet pornography is as freely available as a glass of water. Porn has changed the landscape of adolescence beyond all recognition. Like other parents of our generation, we were on a journey without maps or lights, although the instinct to protect our children from the darkness was overwhelming.
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