Generation Sex

Reality Bites

RTÉ Two, Monday 4 March 2013, 9.30pm

Young people have always faced challenges in forming healthy emotional and sexual relationships but this generation is facing a landscape that is changing faster and more radically than ever before.

Many young Irish people are struggling with problems relating to intimacy and sex that are dramatically different from previous generations. Graphic sexual imagery is increasingly prominent in our popular culture. Hardcore pornography is more easily accessible and more casually viewed than ever before. For some, pressure from friends, partners and the media to behave in a particular way is causing significant emotional and psychological problems.

Deborah Mulvany is a counselling psychologist who has noticed young people presenting with issues that are quite different from those of previous generations. In this programme, Deborah explores why this is happening and how this is affecting young Irish people today. Where are the new norms on sexuality and relationships coming from? Is it parents, teachers and friends, or is it social media, the internet and pornography? And how is this affecting emotional well being and the health of young people's relationships with each other?




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