Al Vernacchio teaches and organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Friends Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. His work has been featured as a cover story in the New York Times Magazine.
Are you holding a smartphone or sitting down at your laptop right now? If so, you’re just a few clicks away from free, hardcore pornography. There are no explicit content warnings, and no age verifications to make you think twice about clicking "play”—which means kids as young as 9 and 10 are being exposed to sex for the first time via sites like PornHub. But what happens when porn becomes a form of sex education? On this special preview episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie talks to a young woman who believes porn led to her boyfriend’s scary behavior during sex, and gets real teens to open up about their experiences with porn. Later, she sits down with anti-porn activist Dr. Gail Dines and sex educator Al Vernacchio to tackle how parents can counteract the alarming messages their kids may be absorbing—not just about sex, but about consent, gender equality, and what a healthy relationship actually looks like.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
In this episode, I talk to Al Vernacchio, Sexuality Education Coordinator for Friends Central School in Wynnewood, PA. We discuss the pitfalls and joys of adolescent masculinity, educating about consent, and the relationship between spirituality and sexuality, among other things. More information about Al's work can be found here: Visit TLaM's web hub: Support the show at Patreon: Theme music by Lee Rosevere:
Al Vernacchio, author of "For Goodness Sex," joins me on the podcast this week. Al is the Upper School Sexuality Educator and also teaches in the English department at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country. His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex”, a November, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine.
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