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2020health Short Report Who said pornography was acceptable in the workplace?

An investigation into the use of pornography in NHS fertility clinics and a challenge to the NHS on its implied justification of this practice.

Every so often we hear of a council worker, a judge or a teacher – someone in a position of trust and authority - being sacked for viewing pornography at work. Pornography is still considered unacceptable in the work environment, and should be illegal. The Obscene Publications Act was designed to convey the message that it is unacceptable full stop, but the lack of prosecutions would imply that we have been feeble at enforcing this. Not surprisingly, both because of ease of availability and a largely permissive culture, we have an alarming amount of graphic images that would imply a major disconnect. Is it that in our anti-censor society we have forgotten the negative impact on men, women and children of such material? Or have we subconsciously accepted the pornographer’s line that porn is just another word for sex and we dismiss the evidence base for pornography both encouraging aggressive, debasing treatment of women and being a causative factor in the hyper-sexualisation of our culture?

Either way, the workplace should be a location in which we can work in a safe and healthy environment, where our dignity is not threatened and we feel respected. The presence of pornography would compromise this.

Interested in which NHS Trusts used pornorgaphy in their fertility clinics?

Please see Appendix 1 for a full list.

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Press Release Who said pornography was acceptable in the workplace?

2020health investigates the use of pornography in NHS fertility clinics and questions its acceptability. read on Who said pornography was acceptable in the workplace?

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Who said pornography was acceptable in the workplace?

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