(And mom porn?)
While we don't want to trample on people's 'right' to produce consensual pornography, we also don't feel very comfortable with the reality of it.
It's no surprise that many porn stars have opened up about their own sexual abuse as children. Which brings one to consider that maybe they wouldn't have turned to pornography had they not experienced sexual abuse as children.
Not to mention, pornography is frighteningly becoming more and more violent, as one article states,
"THOUGH THEY ARE ACTRESSES, THE WOMEN REALLY ARE GAGGING. THOUGH IT'S CONSENSUAL, THEY REALLY ARE BEING SLAPPED IN THE FACE."
Add teens to the equations and we can't help but ask the people viewing this material, assuming they're against child sexual abuse and violence... would you be OK if this were your child?
The legal age of 18 allowing a person to participate in pornography isn't there as an absolute guideline for when it's ok to objectify another human for sex (female or a male for that matter). If we're going to be real - it's the perfect lure for a young adult who has been raised that their body isn't deserving of respect and is merely something for others to use and exploit. Sure, it's their 'decision' but for many, it's not a well-educated, conscious decision for what is best for them. I also know a lot of pornography involves sex slaves that are forced and beaten if they do not submit to performing - and the idea of supporting that type of crime rocks me to my core.
I've also known enough young adults that have allowed themselves to be used for sex, that I will never be ok with pornography. I can't, because I care more about the emotional health of those at risk to fall prey to this 'business' than I do about the right for another person to willingly and consciously to participate. But that's just me.
Regardless of my personal views, I don't see how we can be a society against child sexual abuse and then at the same time searching for those children that are 'barely legal' as if there is some sort of real difference between a child that is 17 years and 364 days and an 18 year old.
Because, in my heart, I know there isn't.