Vulgarity works best for boys

Professor Alan McKee, who leads the Promoting Healthy Sexual Development research group at Queensland University of Technology said a focus group of 90 teenagers aged 14—16 showed girls accessed safe sex advice from magazines such as Dolly and Girlfriend, and talked about safe sex with their friends.

In contrast, boys consciously excluded anything to do with safe sex from their media consumption and friendship circles, and instead responded to profoundly vulgar and sexualised jokes, Professor McKee told delegates at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Darwin.