Tuesday, April 14, 2009


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MONTPELIER, Vt. (CBS) ― Text messaging graphic pictures of yourself could soon be legal for teens in Vermont.

Whatever the wisdom of teens sending naked pictures to each other, the idea that people are going to prosecuted for child pornography and branded sex offenders for the rest of their lives for this is absurd. It's doubly absurd because simple nudity isn't, you know, by any reasonable definition pornography anyway. But even aside from that, this stuff is increasingly going to be part of "normal" teen sexual exploration. And while we do prosecute other "normal" teen behaviors which we have deemed to be illegal - such as drinking - such prosecutions don't quite carry the weight that "convicted child pornographer" does.