Porn! It's cheaper than dating!Recently, a colleague of mine told me her son was turning 18. And he announced to her that when he turned 18, he was going to do everything that he wasn’t able to do until he turned 18. One of which item he mentioned was buying a pack of cigarettes. He really didn’t have an urge to smoke them, he just wanted to buy them because he was able to do so when he turned 18.

It got me thinking about when I turned 18. One of the first things I wanted to do with my friends was going to a porn movie. At that time, when I was 18,  you couldn’t be admitted to an adult movie until you were 18. So a bunch of us who were graduating high school together decided to go see our first porn movie in a theater for the first time. I still remember that day. All 6 of us bought our tickets, then went to walk into the dark theater where the movie had already started (I don’t even remember the name of the movie), and as we stood by the door, all grouped together, we swung the door open to see a theatrical version of an excited male genitalia fully engorged across the silver screen. The only girl amongst us immediately exclaimed, “Oh my GOD!”

What an entrance!

The only thing I remember about that movie was one scene which I thought was hysterical then and now. But I digress.

But why am I writing all of this?

I started thinking that since that time, they’ve raised the age of purchasing porn from 18 to 21 somewhere between when I turned 18 and today. It got me thinking when my colleague said her son was going to do everything he could do when he turned 18, and I remembered how the laws have changed, but they’ve not evened out.

Let me explain, and I think you’ll be able to see where I’m going.

You must be 18 to be in porn; to be filmed having sex, whether in a movie or in print, or on the internet. I’m sure you remember seeing those warnings that all models are at least 18 years of age, and verification is on file, blah blah blah.

But think about it. You can BE IN porn when you’re 18, but you can’t purchase porn or legally WATCH porn until you’re 21. So what’s up with that? Basically, at 18 you could star in your own porn movie – but it’s illegal for you to watch it!

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