Pornography…and the Age of Consent

It’s no secret that most teenagers consume pornography, especially in today’s digital age. Personally, I don’t think it is a terrible thing; I started looking at porn when I was thirteen or so. Yes, yes… porn isn’t necessarily indicative of real sex and that is a conversation that needs to be had with teenagers.
What that means though, is that society needs to accept that teenagers are consuming pornography. That is step one to opening a conversation.

I had a thought the other day, in most countries the age of consent (to have sex) is between 14 and 17, but the age at which individuals can legally consume pornography is 18 or 21.
What the actual fuck? So you are telling me that a 17 year old can legally have sex, but they can’t watch porn. Granted, porn is not the best educational material, but it is better than nothing which is what most kids get these days.

Personally, I think it makes a lot of sense to lower the age in which to view porn to something more in line with age of consent. 16 maybe? Younger?
I imagine that one would still legally have to be an adult in order to make pornography. But on that note, can we stop prosecuting children for manufacturing and distributing child pornography in which they are their own victim.

When will common sense prevail?

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