is it illegal to look at porn if i’m underage?

Question:  Is it illegal to look at porn if I’m underage? I don’t want to violate the law, but I enjoy looking at porn.

Answer: In most places it is against the law to look at porn, be in or make porn if you are under 18, (or in some places, under 21). In fact, in there have even been a few situations where teens have gotten in trouble for taking naked pictures of themselves!

In my opinion, the biggest problem with porn is not that it will corrupt an innocent young mind, but rather that most of what you see in porn is skewed and doesn’t really reflect reality.

Women have hugely inflated breasts. Pubic hair is limited to a racing strip, if it is seen at all. Men have gargantuan penises that are able to get the gals off in wildly cinematic "orgasms" in a few rough thrusts.

Plus, most porn is made with a male audience in mind, and a lot of films embrace sexist stereotypes of men and women.

That being said more and more women are making films with a female audience in mind. And some directors are even trying to make educational porn. For example, there are erotic films that give oral sex tips, advise audiences on finding their g-spots, and help women learn how to orgasm.

Of course, just because you are female, doesn’t mean that you’ll be into female made films. If traditional porn is your thing that’s fine too. And once you are of age, it’s also something that is legal.


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  • Julie

    I was about 12 when i was searching trough my FB news feed,and there was a pic of a red tunnel and under it it said:”I can only think of one place when i see this”,and all the comments were:”Redtube”.So i was really curious and i Googled it and it was a porn site.I first thought it was gross,but then i kept watching it and i don’t even know why.I watched it for about an year.I didn’t watch the whole thing but i just skipped some parts.Then i stopped cuz i knew it was bad.And now i don’t watch it anymore!

  • loyalists

    TOo too much bad thing is to watch porn

    I hate it

  • Chloe

    My boyfriend showed me a porn movie and it was nothing like reality. Guys should be more confident with them selves! There is nothing to ashamed. (Not all girls like “Big ones”)

  • ladedoda

    I love watching porn, I can’t help it! I am a christian and it is a sin, I feel ashamed but I’m addicted to it! I feel really guilty though whenever I whenever I watch it, I try not to, it is actually bad for the human mental brain.

    • mac

      any thing thats wrong is a sin in religion and none of the things have had facts with numbers and charts and were it came from saying you will go to hell. just a belief of someone that said it at the beginning of time, plus most religions came from one and people heard it wrong ar they thought they would like it with a few things differently. this is true. some religions prohibit the use of tea leafs because there are addictive but others think that they are good for you everything can be addictive. its like beleving that a unicorn is real. like its only in a book most people will believe that. there is no prof of an actual unicorn. and you may hear them in a story but there is no fact that proves it. so 1 you need actual proof 2 it cant just be in a book or someone told you they saw one . and miracle, they say god saved them. and what not, and people believed that. not to many people have a miracle that dont believe in god but because only 16% of the world is atheist so thats why you dont see that alot. i do believe in a god just not one that fits in a category just one that knows whats wrong and whats bad by facts and not beliefs

  • Christian

    Porn is amazing. Anyone who’s seen it will understand.

  • John

    I am under 20 and have had sex so much that i cant even remember when i lost my virginity. And for all the times i had sex the girls were all shaven, 85% of them were anal, 60% of them are older than me, two of them had fake tits and i have made girls cry because of the size of my dick, this pretty much disproves your statement, because sex is not making love it is just fucking now and the youth is starting to understand that sex is just for fun so why not take it to the extreme. The writer of this article is probably an old bitch with a harry pussy and a husband with a small dick, that never experienced what it is like just to fuck for fun. So shut the fuck up. P.S My life is basically a porno.

  • luvli

    hbo porn? it isn't even good. looking at screenshot's is better. the hills have thighs and the devil wears nada? cheezy!!!!!!!

  • Hannah

    I'm 15 and watch porn, hentai, lez porn, gay porn, tran porn, and sick and messed up porn. So what?
    (Never watch 1 guy 1 cup)

  • maria

    i accidentally got on a porn site once when i was younger and i was completely fascinated by it. i always clicked all the buttons to go in and see everything, ignoring the words on them (like "only click if you are over eighteen"). then i found out that people can track you and know you were there and i got all freaked out and i forgot to clear the browser and my parents found out… it was terrible. but they forgave me and i still go every once in a while just not on anything too heavy. it scared me though, still does.

  • Asia

    I don't think its illegal to watch…its jus illegal to BUY if you're underage. I watched it with my bf and I think its exagerated most times. The girls in the videos look perfect and flawless because thats what the target audiece likes. The reality is that no one is perfect but no one wants to buy the "real deal."

  • Samantha

    I don't have a problem with porn but I think if you aren't old enough or responsible enough to understand that it isn't always real or completely factual then you shouldn't watch it.That is why sex ed is so important in todays society,if we had good sex education in America then porn wouldn't be a problem for teenagers.

  • crazy witch

    Porn isn't very socially acceptable, especially if it's a girl watching it. But, honestly, I watch it, and all that happens to me is I get a little horny. But don't think that if your parents don't know, it won't come back to bite you in the ass. If you're doing it internet style, the information is still on your computer even if you clear out your history and your cookies. Any hacker with half a brain can find it.
    * And this is completely off topic, but it's not hard to actually type out words. Short hand is incredibly difficult to read, so stop doing it, people!

  • katlyen

    my friend watch it and told me about it and when i went over the he showed it gross how would watch it

  • Dallas

    Um i guess u can if ur mom or dad dont find out or is they are ok with it how should i no i am 10 years old!!!! o.o

  • kAyy.

    oh and by the wayy alot of porno is sooo reall!!!

  • kAyy.

    im 17 &&+ i watch it.
    i dont see the problam
    at all some ppl like it &&+
    others dont…if you dont like
    it then dont watch it you know.
    im not killing anybody by watching
    it and being "under age" ive knowen
    about sex for a long time since i was
    very young..sound porn wont hurt me if i
    already how what goes on. i like to watch it
    sometimes just to see what ppl do..thats all nothing serious = ].

  • chantal

    i agree that porn is deffintly fake and not even fun to watch…much rather be out doing it lol

  • Hillary

    this is just a reply to shanay. the HBO stuff is meant to be fake it's not real porn it's just a simulation. so it's no big deal.