Another topic of intense debate is underage children sharing sexually explicit images with each other. Given the fact that many underage teenagers in the EU and U.S. are sexually active and many possess smartphones, there's been a rampant rise in teens trading sexually explicit video and pictures. According to laws in the U.S. and most of the EU, this is classified as "child pornography". Teens can face prison time, even if they were the same age, were only sharing with their significant other, and were not being malicious.
Making the matter worst, most teenagers are relatively ignorant about the law when it comes to such matters. And enforcement is inconsistent -- 999 out of a 1,000 or even 99,999 out of 100,000 "sexting" incidents go unreported or are dismissed by local law enforcement, but occasionally an unlucky teen actually has been sentenced to prison for such behavior.
Sources: Eric Schmidt/The Daily Mail, BBC News
quote: As far as the legal definition of "child pornography" goes, it prohibits sexually explicit photos or video of people that are younger than 18 years. Fairly arbitrary, but I guess the idea is that if you're 18 you can legally enter a contract and therefore agree to allow yourself to be filmed in a porno.
quote: Biologically, the human body pubes out around 12-14 so technically you're not a "sick pervert" if you are attracted to a teen girl with big tits - while not socially or legally acceptable, it is biologically normal.
quote: That is a legitimate sickness and it's not much different than homosexuality.
quote: Your stuff about lifestyle is a mess. Sexual orientation is not a matter of lifestyle and is not chosen.
quote: And you have drunk a bit too much of the Kool-aid. Your statement is the current politically correct view.
quote: Honestly there is still a lot we don't know or understand about a lot of these topics that to consider a particular opinion or view as the end of the matter is unwise, close-minded, and potentially damaging to those that are caught in the middle.
quote: It's based on the archaic idea that skeletal maturation = adulthood. Lazy lawmakers and the ignorant public that backs them are apparently content to throw adolescents and young adults into a single category with prepubescent children ("minor"). This recklessness carries a price, though. It's the young people who generally pay it.
quote: That would be 14-17, in terms of our "minor" categorization.
quote: There are hebephilia and ephebophilia to cover the state of pubescence and the post-pubescent adolescent respectively. Hebephilia is close enough to pedophilia, given our social strictness about sexual activity, that ephebophilia is the main issue.
quote: So, precisely speaking, attraction to older adolescents is not necessarily an example of ephebophilia, and ephebophilia is not considered a disorder unless it involves obsession.
quote: You really fell off the rails.
quote: It is a scientific fact, known since 1956, that homosexuality isn't a disorder. Dr. Hooker exposed the illusory correlation between mental disorder and homosexuality by avoiding the employment of a polluted sample (men with a history of treatment for mental illness). The APA finally got around to recognizing this fact in 1973 when homosexuality was removed from the DSM.
quote: And, even without those facts, simple logic shows that there is very little commonality. Pedophilia involves attraction to prepubescents, not sexually mature people. Homosexuality involves attraction to sexually mature people.
quote: Your stuff about lifestyle is a mess. Sexual orientation is not a matter of lifestyle and is not chosen. Virgins have just as much of an orientation as prostitutes.
quote: Heterosexists claim that homosexuality is a lifestyle (as if a gay Buddhist monk in Tibet has the same lifestyle as a gay Hollywood actor) and a matter of choice because it makes it easier for them to condemn. They don't, of course, deal with the fact that religion is a matter of choice. The only thing left for the heterosexist, given the scientific facts, is a religious basis for condemnation.
quote: Pedophiles are vilified because they tend to put their sexual appetite ahead of the well-being of children.
quote: It is true that one psychologist controversially said that sexual activity between children and older people is not necessarily damaging -- that it's the negative social reaction that actually does the damage (shaming of the victim, et cetera) -- it must be recognized that our culture behaves this way.
quote: A responsible pedophile would manage her/his disorder by using virtual art (such as illustrations), something that Supreme Court ruled is legal.
quote: I am not an expert in this area
quote: As far as treatment goes... pedophilia is apparently incurable.