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: 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.