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'Should there be age-appropriate porn' so teens 'can learn about consent and what's respectful?' BBC Women's Hour asks. And a few folks seem open to it.

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On the heels of British journalist Flora Gill getting savaged on Twitter last week after pushing "porn for children" and saying "young teens" need a "soft core site where everyone asks for consent," the BBC Women's Hour on Wednesday took that very question to their Twitter followers:

"What's the best way to inform teenagers about porn?" the program wondered. "Should there be age-appropriate porn as has been suggested so they can learn about consent and what's respectful and what's not? What do you think? Email us your opinions."

How did folks respond?

While the vast majority of commenters were horrified by the program's question and stated in no uncertain terms that pornography and those under the age of consent do not go together — "How about age appropriate sex for minors, and age appropriate heroin? Kids could learn a lot!" one commenter reacted sarcastically — a few seemed open to the idea:

  • "Stop treating it as crime of the century," one commenter wrote. "Kids need to see naked bodies in life; it's not rude, it's what humans look like. Take away the stigma, take away the mystery = take away the problem."
  • "My teenage boys were upset by the hardcore porn their friends would show and talk about in school," another commenter shared. "Boys are always going to look for porn, so I agreed with the original suggestion that there should be age-appropriate porn. I have no idea why people got do cross about this." (It's worth it to note a particularly witty reply to the previous reaction: "Which women and girls would you like to be exploited for your sons' amusement?")
  • "Honestly porn was the only place I saw people being affectionate with each other as a kid, I'm thankful for it," another commenter revealed. "If they want to find it, they will always find it."
  • "I think the problem is that porn is so easily accessible now that teenagers can have access to extreme stuff early on and normalize," another commenter said. "It's a difficult discussion, one where I wouldn't even know how to begin, but it might be one worth having."
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