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Why can we have sex at 16 but not view or be in porn until 18? Watch

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    Surely actually having sex is far more dangerous and has much more of a potential impact than porn does. Therefore, why do we have to be older for porn?
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    LOL, good question. I'm curious to know as well.
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    I think it makes sense to require the age for having sex on camera to be greater than the age to have sex in private. As for viewing porn, has anyone under 18 ever been prosecuted for watching it? It's just a law which was passed as a target for society, even if everyone knows it's pointless and unenforceable.
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    I would have thought to be in porn you would have to actually have sex... otherwise it is pretty unusual porn.

    But as for viewing... I don't know.

    Maybe it is because the content of some porn would be more disturbing to younger people than just the act of having sex? Or maybe people think it is an antidote to actual sex education? No idea.
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    Because most porn sites are run by American companies and I believe the legal age for sex over there is 18.
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    It's just one of those bizarre quirks of the legal system that has absolutely no real justification yet the effort to change it is probably too great and thus not worth bothering with.
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    I didn't even know there was an age limit to watch it, wow I'm innocent


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    (Original post by Movember)
    Because most porn sites are run by American companies and I believe the legal age for sex over there is 18.
    I used to think this but in the majority of states it is the same as the UK, 16.

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    Well would you want to watch a 16 year old doing it? Isn't it borderline pedophile...
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    (Original post by Olympiad)
    I didn't even know there was an age limit to watch it, wow I'm innocent


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    Or perhaps you're guilty :sexface:
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    (Original post by eggfriedrice)
    Well would you want to watch a 16 year old doing it? Isn't it borderline pedophile...
    Perhaps 16-year-olds would?
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    (Original post by PythianLegume)
    Perhaps 16-year-olds would?
    But that's not the point. Many older people would have access to that, including pedophiles.
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    Becaue at the age of 16/17, even though youre legally allowed to have sex, you're technically not an adult and not responsible for makin your own decisions i.e. being in a porn film. I think the law is a bit iffy on having young people in porn because it could be construed as the person being forced into doing or something like that
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    (Original post by eggfriedrice)
    But that's not the point. Many older people would have access to that, including pedophiles.
    But anyone can legally have sex with a 16-year-old (except those in direct responsibility to them, eg. teachers), so we have clearly decided that being attracted to 16-year-olds is not paedophilia.
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    (Original post by Lexi99)
    Becaue at the age of 16/17, even though youre legally allowed to have sex, you're technically not an adult and not responsible for makin your own decisions i.e. being in a porn film. I think the law is a bit iffy on having young people in porn because it could be construed as the person being forced into doing or something like that
    So they are not mature enough to be in porn but they are mature enough to get pregnant and decide the fate of another life?


    (Original post by eggfriedrice)
    But that's not the point. Many older people would have access to that, including pedophiles.
    But it wouldn't be paedophilia. It is perfectly legal for 16 years old to have sex with those of any other legal age in the UK.
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    (Original post by PythianLegume)
    Or perhaps you're guilty :sexface:
    How did you guess? Joke, I've never even had a boyfriend...

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    This is such a pointless law anyway. You're not going to stop horny teens from finding porn material and doing their thing eventually. Perhaps the most unenforceable law ever.

    When there's a will, there's a way...
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    (Original post by NotMyToothbrush)
    So they are not mature enough to be in porn but they are mature enough to get pregnant and decide the fate of another life?



    But it wouldn't be paedophilia. It is perfectly legal for 16 years old to have sex with those of any other legal age in the UK.


    Hey i dont make the law
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    Because age of consent is uncontrollable. You can't physically enforce that law - if 15 year olds want to have sex, there's nothing stopping them. But if a porn company used 16 year olds, there would be real legal implications. It's daft, really.
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    (Original post by Lexi99)
    Hey i dont make the law
    Are you sure?
 
 
 
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