Thursday, February 23, 2012

About "Barely Legal"

Nice... swimsuit
One of the issue pushed to the surface by the ARe/Bookstrand reactions to taboo erotica is 'barely legal' erotica.  I have seen reaction ranging for 'legal is legal so who cares' to 'it's basically child abuse'. Ad it seems an ambiguity/anxiety tat is playing out across many genres and media.The model on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition is only 19 years old.  Miley Cyrus is redefining "age appropriate" on a daily basis. And a new biography revealed some of JFK's more sordid activities with a teen intern (a sort of thing previously swept under the rug, and which Clinton probably wishes still was).

Hugo Schwyzer at Jezebel looked at the issue in visual porn using 18-29 years old or older actresses who look that age or younger (so popular Hustler registered "Barely legal" as a trademark). His theory is that the the drive for male viewers is evolutionary (maximum fertility), nostalgia and because a young girl basically won't know if you are bad at sex, having (theoretically) little basis for comparison. Or to put it more bluntly, post-puberty and pre-aging is just something they like to look at.

Interestingly, none of this buzz seem to relate to the female viewer.  The assumption being that these materials are making sales charts based purely on a male sales demographic.  But I wonder if this is true? For a long time it was assumed that women didn't like sex, let alone erotica, and certain not stuff about gay men.  I am not entirely sure that assumption works for barely legal either.  Not only in terms of who might be buying barely legal girl material, but the potential market amongst women for twink and extreme cougar material. It's not my thing, but I suspect a few gals out there do like it--and most of them are keeping quiet right now....

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