Women in the Media: From Pop to Porn
The average age at which a child in the UK first encounters pornography is 11 years old – and some surveys suggest it may be even younger. The internet has made pornography easily accessible, affordable and anonymous so it’s little surprise that young people are now consuming more porn than ever. As porn culture trickles down into pop culture should we be concerned? Is this just natural curiosity twenty-first century style or might it have a more damaging effect, not just on those who consume it but on wider society too?
Vivienne Pattison is the Director of Mediawatch-UK, a pressure group which actively campaigns for socially responsible broadcasting and against content that is potentially harmful. Mediawatch-UK is currently campaigning for meaningful measures to protect children from harmful online content. She is also a trustee of the Children and Families Media Education Trust, a charity which works in partnership with Mediawatch, to provide education, information and advice for those wishing to protect the children in their care from potentially harmful media. Vivienne came to Mediawatch-UK after 17 years in the book publishing industry, working most recently as an Account Director for Midas Public Relations where she handled the publicity, brand building and crisis management for a wide range of clients. Prior to this she worked for various UK publishers including Random House, Penguin and Hodder & Stoughton.