Hello there, everyone who might be reading this. I made this post in particular due to a story i heard long ago, which then happened to resurface yesterday. I spent almost all night discussing this with a friend, but sadly, it turned out that neither of us could find a way that any of this could possibly work out.
Basically, it's a well known fact that in many countries around the world, the same rules apply. The rule in question is;
'At a certain age you are lawfully allowed to take part in consensual sexual acts.'
And of course, that's great, otherwise life might grow boring in the long run, but soon we run into the problem. And the problem is that in most countries, any pornographic content featuring anyone below the age of 18 is deemed illegal and usually named 'Child porn' even though these individuals are hardly children anymore. Anyway, that's not my problem, my problem is as follows;
A few years back i was told a story about a girl who was of legal age to take part in consensual sex, yet she was not yet of age to participate in production of pornography, but as it turns out, she had been taking pictures of her herself nude and been sending a few of those to her boyfriend. Of course, why wouldn't she? Almost everyone out there below 30 will have tried 'sexting' on their phone, sharing dirty pictures, and so on. Those young enough to have mobile phones with camera's while they were still too young to take part in any kind of professional pornography might even remember doing it further back than that.
Now the problem is, this poor girl ended up being arrested, and actually charged with 'production and distribution of child pornography' and even served a sentence. She would from that point on always have that on her CV, that she was basically a child pornographist, although the only pictures she had 'produced' was actually naked pictures of herself for her boyfriend, who received a fine for possession of these pictures.
Now this is where the discussion begins, and just to make it a lot easier we can go by the rules of this site, which would be that any 16 years old person (in game) are allowed to take part in different sexual acts, yet no pornographic material of 16 or 17 year olds is accepted.
Now, lets consider E here a country, a country in which the above is the law. Does that mean that a 16/17 year old can actually be punished for keeping pornographic material of themselves? Technically, it would be illegal to own any naked pictures of yourself, as you are not yet of legal age, as the girl mentioned above wasn't, who ended up being punished for producing pornographic material with herself.
The way i see it, it turns into a great paradox, that someone of age to take part in sexual relationships, is not actually allowed to take part in any pornographic material, which means that you are allowed to have sex with someone who's 16 years old, but not to 'imagine' it? I don't even know how that works out in reality.
I hope whoever is still reading will see the problem I'm having with making thing's fit together like pieces of a puzzle, because technically this law would mean, and probably should even mean, that you, yourself could be charged for production of illegal stuff just because you were taking naked pictures of yourself, as the picture would be illegal.
Consider this; You were having sex with a 16/17 year old in this country of 'Elliquiy' and you snap a few shots of it because, hey, why not? You liked this, you had fun, you'd like to think back at this at some point in the future as a very warm and erotic experience for you. Yet, imagine that you at some point are charged with something, and they confiscate your PC or cellphone, and they find these pictures. Perhaps one of the officers knows the girl and can confirm that she is old enough to have sex, but not to participate in pornography. This would mean that what goes on in this picture, is not actually illegal, but the picture itself is illegal, and i really don't think that adds up in way.
So, the only way i see a solution to this is to either heighten the age at which you are allowed to participate in sexual acts to the age of which you are also allowed to take part in pornography, or lower the age of which you are allowed to take part in pornography to the age of which you are allowed to take part in pornography to the age of which you are allowed to have sex.
What are your thoughts on this? Should it be illegal for someone of age to have sex, to have pictures of themselves in sexual situations, although the pictures would actually be deemed illegal in the hands of anyone else? Or do you think that these pictures should perhaps be lawfully 'ignored' if the youngster in question can confirm that all of these pictures of videos were taken and made with their consent? Or do you have a complete different view on this?
Disclaimer; I am not suggesting that any pornographic material of anyone under the age of 18 should be allowed on the site, nor am i trying to support any illegal pornographic production, i merely think this is an interesting paradox that doesn't add up.