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Porn minimum age laws could harm, not help, vulnerable kids

Pornography can present a distorted view of sex. But for some kids, it's still the best sex education available

By Edward Siddons  

We shouldn't be leaving sex ed to the porn industry: but the answer is education, not legislation. Photo: Pixabay

In an episode of The Simpsons first aired in 1996, a stray bear is found roaming the town of Springfield. Angry residents swarm the mayor’s office demanding an end to a town “infested with bears.” “Please,” shrieks Helen Lovejoy, the pearl-clutching vicar’s wife, “won’t somebody please think of the children!”

The government’s latest legislation to clamp down on the prevalence of porn online bears the whiff of the same moral panic.…

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