We live in a country where pornography, sex, and adult entertainment are big business. With the proliferation of social media, and the fact that the internet is the single most important source of personal information one could possibly have on the planet, it is not surprising that there are many people out there who would like to see what we are all doing in our bedrooms and bathrooms.
Well, there are a lot of things we’re all doing in our bedrooms and bathrooms. We’re posting our nude photos to Instagram, and we’re wearing tiny bikini tops and lingerie that makes us look like we’re about to have sex. We’re posting our porno to Facebook and YouTube, and we’re using our phones to take pictures of ourselves naked.
You’re probably thinking that those things don’t matter, but let’s set aside the fact that almost all of those things are illegal. And even that, you might argue, doesn’t matter if you’re a kid and you aren’t breaking the law, because it’s still all perfectly legal for an adult to engage in those things. But, as I pointed out recently, that doesn’t make them legal.
You might also be thinking that porn is illegal because it involves a lot of people getting naked, or at least that it involves people getting naked and watching porn. That is, of course, completely true. The problem is the way that this is being legally enforced around the country. If you have a kid, and you are the parent of that kid, you may be required by law to give him or her access to adult entertainment. And like I mentioned earlier, that doesnt matter.
Adult entertainment is defined in the US as any entertainment involving people who are between the ages of 18 and 30, who are not legally married, who have not been convicted of a felony, and who are not over the age of 18. In those states with no sexual assault laws, the definition of adult entertainment is anything that involves people under the age of 18, like porn or adult books.
This is about the only time I see a “sexually explicit” definition of “adult entertainment” (which includes a large number of pictures of people who are not under 18), and it’s not in a country where people are allowed to consume adult images without a parental approval. I suppose the reason is that those images should be for their own use, but if they are going to be used for sexual purposes, then they should be for the protection of minors.
I guess it’s like asking a movie critic to define pornography. Most of them don’t have an issue with people putting nude pictures of themselves in videos or magazines. If they are in a public place (like a movie theater) or on a train, they’re usually fine. But if they’re in a private place (like a bookstore) or on an airplane or in a church, they should probably be prohibited from possessing that type of material, and not just for the protection of minors.
This is pretty much just a common sense thing. You shouldn’t be selling nude photos to anyone for any reason. You should be selling them to people who will buy them. In the case of the bookstore owner, that means you’d probably want to be selling the book to adults.
Of course, there are plenty of circumstances in which it might be okay for adults to possess such material, but it should be done with the utmost care and caution. There are a number of things that you should do a good job of ensuring that minors (especially minors who are underage) dont see your book. One of the things to consider is if youd want to sell books to a parent. If youd, be sure to explain to the parent that what youre doing is illegal.
This is a bit of a catch-all statement, but I just want to point out that this is a very real issue. In 2011, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene made an official statement stating that it was illegal, and would not approve any book or bookish material for minors. In the year 2013, the book was approved by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has since sold in over 50 countries.