How curious, MrAndrewV is apparently able to not only read minds but perceive how people would think in a given hypothetical situation.
Here’s a test for you: imagine what I am thinking now.
The increased sexualization of teenagers is an issue with very real social and individula costs. Confusing the onset of puberty with the mental and emotional maturity to engage in sex is a common mistake–usually it is made by teenagers. Neither you nor I have any grounds to argue that any model on these sites has or has not been harmed by their participation. Now, I do not argue that the sites should be baneed, but I do argue that they are ethically suspect and potentially harmful. Your insulting and inaccurate assessment that such an opinion is based upon “how * feel” rather than “worrying about the kids” notwithstanding.
Your example of the Grahamstown Art Festival is, of course, off point unless you wish to deny that teh sites in question create a specific context of sexuality in their presentations of these images. Nice herring though, brilliant scarlett and all the right scales.
The age of maturity, as I noted originally, is nothing more than a social and legal fiction, but it symbolizes a truth about human development. Magic 18 may be “stupid” to you, but you have pointedly failed to provide any alternative measure by which society can judge individual competence. Physical capacity is a non-starter. A 5 year old can pull a trigger. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to hand one a revolver.
I will note, BTW, that we have in this country something known as an “emancipated minor”. If the girls on these sites have all gone through the process to have a court certify their competence to form adult judgments and determine their own course, then my objections would diminish accordingly.