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Sexually explicit material has always challenged traditional moralists. Since the Sixties, liberal values on sex and sexual relationships became one of the markers of a civilised society. Yet as we learn from this debate, from the Battle of Ideas 2012, there is a growing unease that sexually explicit material has become mainstream. Some insist the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry are simply the latest practitioners of age-old exhibitionism. But have sex and relationships become devalued and is the rush to smash sexual taboos a healthy impulse, or an expression of our unwillingness to exercise good taste?
writer; head of sociology, JFS Sixth Form Centre; contributor, spiked
Dr Jan Macvarish
research fellow, Centre for Health Services Studies; founding associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury
feminist performance poet; member, Stirred Feminist Poetry collective; organiser and facilitator, live poetry events and writing workshops
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