• John H

    I suggest a change in the last sentence of the HPV section for the sake of accuracy: change “sexually active” to “sexually active with a partner”. Most people are sexually active for their entire lives (including in utero), or until socialization that shames masturbation takes hold, and classifying “sexual activity” as necessarily involving at least one other party serves to marginalize those who are autosexual as well as those who are simply not partnered at the moment by treating their sexualities as somehow inauthentic.

    While I agree that punishing teens for their sexualities is a bad idea, I feel like you may be misrepresenting the law. Presently, in most jurisdictions in the USA, teen ‘sexting’ that involves explicit photos or videos would fall under “child pornography” statutes, which means that only treating it as juvenile delinquency (instead of the years of prison and lifetime of sex-offender registration that await any adult caught with sexually explicit media involving minors) is actually a step away from punishment (or a decrease in the severity of punishment). While I don’t think that furthering laws to punish teen sexuality is a great step to take, this might be the best we can hope for given the cultural anxiety/insanity around teen sexuality.

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