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Pornhub Launches Sex-Ed Site

The wildly popular tube site unveils an educational section with information on everything from consent to STDs

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Illustration: Vocativ
Feb 01, 2017 at 11:09 AM ET

Porn is often blamed for miseducating people about sex — from teaching young boys to “use” women to sending mixed signals about consent to encouraging unprotected sex. Members of the adult industry often counter that porn is simply entertainment and shouldn’t be expected to teach the public about the birds and the bees — but now Pornhub, one of the world’s most popular tube sites, has decided to get in the game of sex education.

On Wednesday, the site launched its new Sexual Wellness Center, an online sex-ed hub run by Dr. Laurie Betito, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Sex Bible for People Over 50.” It has information about everything from the female reproductive system to sexually transmitted infections to testicular cancer. Betito will answer reader questions about love and romance, and she is already offering tips on things like “achieving enduring love and intimacy.”

“[W]e wanted to provide our fans with a trusted educational platform they can utilize as their go-to resource for information and advice when it comes to sex,” said Corey Price, Pornhub’s vice president, in a press release. “We understand the importance of educating the general public on a wide range of topics pertaining to sexual health and awareness, and saw an opportunity to deliver knowledge and understanding through renowned doctors and experts.”

For a site that features categories such as “shemale,” the Sexual Wellness Center is surprisingly progressive — for example, there is a blog post on transgender issues that explains various terms like “cisgender” and “non-binary.” A post on the issue of consent advises readers to ask their partners, “Are you ok with this? Do you want me to continue? Are you comfortable? Do you want me to stop?” Not exactly the dialogue one is likely to find in mainstream porn clip. There’s even a post on sex positions for lesbians — fitting, given that “lesbian” is the top search term on the site.

Say what you will about whether people should be getting this information from a porn site — and, ahem, whether the U.S. government should be doing a better job of providing comprehensive sex education to young people — but there is no denying that Pornhub has a reach that is beyond the wildest dreams of most sex educators. As Betito said in the release, “It has always been a dream to connect with, educate and inform people all over the world on a massive scale.”