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Can Porn Empower Women?

Psychotherapist Philippa Perry joins Jane Garvey to explore whether porn can empower women.

In a special programme for International Women's Day Jane Garvey hosted the Woman's Hour debate, where guests discussed the motion Porn Can Empower Women. Continuing the conversation, Psychotherapist Philippa Perry joins Jane. If you would like discuss your opinions and experiences on this topic then the number is 03700 100 444 [the lines open at 8am and calls cost no more than to 01, 02 landline numbers], you can also tweet the show using @BBCWomansHour or send an email via the website, leaving a contact number.

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Can Porn Empower Women? Phone-In.

Sam Taylor Wood said that she wanted her Fifty Shades of Grey film to show the empowerment of lead character Anastasia. At a time when eroticism has become mainstream, pornography is no longer hidden away in sex shops. According to one survey by The Observer, almost half of all Britons have watched porn on the internet at least once. So what impact does porn have? Can it liberate and help women engage with their sexuality or can easily available explicit material damage relationships, creating unrealistic expectations. Has watching porn improved your relationships – or has finding a partner watching porn filled you with despair? How does porn affect the way women view themselves or how they are seen by others?

We want to hear about your opinions and experiences. Lines are open from 8am. 

Call us on 03700 100 444 [calls cost no more than to 01, 02 landline numbers] or tweet the show using @BBCWomansHour or send an email via the website, leaving a contact number.

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