The legal age to watch porn is higher than the legal age to have sex (UK)

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#1
My mate told me this. Of course i knew it i just hadnt thought about it. The legal age to have sex in the UK is 16 and the legal age to watch porn is 18.

I dont understand why but there proably are decent enough reasons.

Enlighten me oh wonderful pit lol and also add your comments about it
#2
It's true unfortunately. You can have sex at 16 but you can't watch yourself have sex until 18. It's bloody stupid.
#3
there have been a lot of threads on this, and yes, it is stupid
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It's true unfortunately. You can have sex at 16 but you can't watch yourself have sex until 18. It's bloody stupid.


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#5
I never understood it either.
Maybe they don't want you to get the wrong impression of sex?

Idk. And HAH! over here it's 15. Yup. Nothing else to say...
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#6
does it matter? i mean how many 16 yr olds do you know that havnt seen porn......
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#10
Its also with the whole alcohol age here in the U.S. I can die for my country at 18, but I can't drink a beer until I'm 21, its ridiculous.
#11
When you think about it, porn can infact ruin you're future life ... a lot of career choices could very easily become blocked off if you appeared in porn (commerically available) as a lot of bosses wouldn't be keen to employ known porn stars past the level of waiting tables etc.

I'll put it this way ... would you take someone seriously in a business situation if you'd seen them scream about how much they loved **** .... or would you be busy thinking about that porn film you'd seen them in.

chances are by 18 if you're desperate enough to go into porn as a profession then you probably don't have that many career paths open to you as it is ... at 16 that isn't so
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#12
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does it matter? i mean how many 16 yr olds do you know that havnt seen porn......


to be fair, most people have sex before 16 anyway. the laws are there to be broken. theyre not even really laws. i mean, how many people get arrested for having underage sex (assuming both are similar age- not 30 years difference), or watching porn when a minor? its just guidelines to keep society as it should be
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Psh, you learned how to do it from porn?


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what is it in america

Almost every age limit of any kind in America differs from state to state.

I believe porn is usually 18 or 21.
#15
wtf, that means u can be charged for having sex at 15?
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When you think about it, porn can infact ruin you're future life ... a lot of career choices could very easily become blocked off if you appeared in porn (commerically available) as a lot of bosses wouldn't be keen to employ known porn stars past the level of waiting tables etc.

I'll put it this way ... would you take someone seriously in a business situation if you'd seen them scream about how much they loved **** .... or would you be busy thinking about that porn film you'd seen them in.

chances are by 18 if you're desperate enough to go into porn as a profession then you probably don't have that many career paths open to you as it is ... at 16 that isn't so

This is all true, but watching porn is clearly very different than appearing in it.
#18
I'm guessing it's because of the nature in some porn films?

I mean, at 16, your having sex, oral, ect.
Watching some violent 'lets beat up my wife porn' might give a 16 year old an idea into beating his girlfriend where-as at 18, your better suited into life for more right's & wrong's in that sort of situation maybe?

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to be fair, most people have sex before 16 anyway.

That all depends on how you've been brought up in a way or how desperate you are to lose your virginity.
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This is all true, but watching porn is clearly very different than appearing in it.



oh yeah .... didn't really read the thread properly. meh bollocks to it anyway, im not bothered im 21.
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wtf, that means u can be charged for having sex at 15?


Yeah if you're stupid enough to get caught...which you'd like to have sex in public or something, or get really unlucky and get a knock on your door with a cop with a search warrant, but if you get caught having sex in public...that's public indecency and you get caught for having sex at 15..then you have a couple of misdemeanors or something, but no big deal.

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My mate told me this. Of course i knew it i just hadnt thought about it. The legal age to have sex in the UK is 16 and the legal age to watch porn is 18.

I dont understand why but there proably are decent enough reasons.

Enlighten me oh wonderful pit lol and also add your comments about it

True its one of the many conflicting laws in the UK. like, your able to smoke ciggies at 16, but only buy them at 18. Your also allowed to consume alcohol at any age as long as an adult is present, but its illegal to buy alcohol until 18.
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does it matter? i mean how many 16 yr olds do you know that havnt seen porn......


I'd like to go on a limb here and say how many 13 year olds do you know.
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I'd like to go on a limb here and say how many 13 year olds do you know.


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#27
Just to clear things up, its not illegal for an under-16 to have sex, its just that the age of consent is 16, so anyone under this age cant legally consent to sex. If it were a crime in the usual respect, all these 14 year-old parents and the like would be having trouble.

Also, i think its more that its illegal to buy porn rather than actually watch it
#28
Yeah there was a guy who was 17. He got a blowjob from a 15 year old girl. Her parents pressed charges of statutory rape. He has been in jail for 3 years now.
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Just to clear things up, its not illegal for an under-16 to have sex, its just that the age of consent is 16, so anyone under this age cant legally consent to sex. If it were a crime in the usual respect, all these 14 year-old parents and the like would be having trouble.

Also, i think its more that its illegal to buy porn rather than actually watch it


So if a 15 y/o and 16 y/o have sex, then only the 16 y/o is charged?
#30
It is pretty stupid but I am not going to repeat what other people said in this thread.

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#31
Well...

sex =/= porn and if you think it does then you've not thought very hard (you're a bit of an idiot if you honestly think that) lol.

I can't wait to see what type of sexual people that our generation will grow up to be, because the access to porn is kind of unprecedented.
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#32
so yous gotta have sex with your eyes shut?

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#33
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So if a 15 y/o and 16 y/o have sex, then only the 16 y/o is charged?

If any male over ten has sex with a girl under sixteen, then the male is prosecuted.
#34
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If any male over ten has sex with a girl under sixteen, then the male is prosecuted.
Really? That would be one of the many things that make feminists wrong.

I'm not sure what the legal sex age here is. I've always assumed that if a couple were caught by the police, they would be turned in to their legal guardians. And I'm sure there's been numerous attempts by the parents of the female to sue and press rape charges even when it was mutual.
#35
maybe people making poopytime on each other while masturbating could confuse a 16 year old? i dont know, porn is so general, i sometimes forget the poopoo pee pee foot and animal fetish vidoes out there. not to mention hermaphrodites (sp?)
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Really? That would be one of the many things that make feminists wrong.


That's not a feminist ideal, it has nothing to do with feminism. And in Scotland and England both men and women are prosecuted for having sex with someone under the age of consent.

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Oh right, i wasn't sure.
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#39
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So if a 15 y/o and 16 y/o have sex, then only the 16 y/o is charged?

The 16 y/o is the one who could be charged, it doesnt mean they will be. Common sense i imagine would tend to prevail.
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That's not a feminist ideal, it has nothing to do with feminism. And in Scotland and England both men and women are prosecuted for having sex with someone under the age of consent.
I meant as in feminists are wrong because they're complaining even though women are pretty much privelidged.

But I guess the other guy was wrong anyway, so, moot.
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