Children's Laureate Malore Blackman Calls For 'Realistic Sex' In Books For Teenagers

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Children's laureate calls for 'realistic sex' in books for teenagers to fight online porn

She's only been in the job for a fortnight, but already children's laureate Malorie Blackman is setting the agenda by calling for books for teenagers to include more realistic sex scenes to stop them turning to online pornography to learn more.

Ms Blackman, 51, said that including more sex would allow youngsters to read about it safely rather than through 'innuendo and porn'.

In an interview with the Telegraph, she said that giving youngsters more challenging themes in literature would prevent them from turning to 'brutalising' online images.

She made her comments after reading a recent article about a teenage girl who admitted that her boyfriend learned all he knows about sex from online porn.

Ms Blackman said: "He was brutalising her, because that's what he thought sex was about from watching online.

"I thought well, this is exactly why we need not just sex education in schools but also books that tackle the subject of relationships and your first time.

"Otherwise teens and young adults will get their information from somewhere and in this case he was getting it from online porn."

The author, famed for books including Noble Conflict and the Noughts & Crosses series, said that she would rather that her own daughter read about sex in a book than going online out of curiosity.


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