Let’s Talk About Porn: The Series

The Role of Porn in the Lives of Students

By Jessica Huynh, Storyteller for RU Student Life

Is there something between the sheets we aren’t talking about?

Let’s Talk About Porn is a four part series recounting the stories of four university students and the role pornography has played in their life. Each story is a stand alone piece. How does pornography influence the relationships we form with ourselves and others?

Content Warning: This series contains mature content and sensitive topics surrounding sexual violence, trauma, abuse, sex, and pornography.


Part 1 : Aaron’s Story

Student Reveals What It’s Like To Be Addicted to Porn

Aaron* struggled to pass his first year of university due to his debilitating porn addiction. After a three-week binge in which he did nothing but watch porn, Aaron knew it was time to change.


Part 2: Leila’s Story

Student Learns Why Sex is Painful for Her

Leila* participated in a psychology study seeking female participants who experienced pain during sex. After a physical evaluation and multiple counselling sessions, she connected her physiological reaction to an ex-partner who was addicted to porn…


Part 3: Kevin’s Story

Student Uses Porn to Spice Up His Sex Life

In his last relationship, Kevin* and his partner successfully incorporated porn in the bedroom. He shares his story on how porn was introduced in their relationship and provides tips on how to bring porn into the forefront of the conversation…


Part 4: Erika’s Story

Student Share the Emotional Toll of Dating a Porn Addict

Erika* isn’t a fan of the porn industry. After being with a partner who was morally distressed about his porn use, she left the relationship feeling confused about her role as a romantic partner…


If you are a survivor of sexual violence and interested in receiving support, please visit Ryerson’s Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education for services and resources available to you.

As other stories in our series show, porn has a variety of influences. If you are concerned about your porn use (or a friend’s porn use), Ryerson University’s Health and Wellness department provides information and resources on sexual health. Counselling is also available for those interested in speaking with a professional.

You are not alone.