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45 Vt. L. Rev. 43 (2020-2021)
Screens, Teens, and Porn Scenes: Legislative Approaches to Protecting Youth from Exposure to Pornography

handle is hein.journals/vlr45 and id is 51 raw text is: SCREENS, TEENS, AND PORN SCENES: LEGISLATIVE
by Byrin Romney*
Internet access is an essential part of daily life for most children. Due
to the lack of online protections, American children have unrestricted
access to the most extensive and extreme adult video library in history.
Consequently, children are being exposed to pornography at unprecedented
A child's first exposure to pornographic material is generally around
11 years old. Some seek it intentionally while others stumble upon it by
accident. Adolescents are more susceptible to pornography because of the
significant physical, emotional, cognitive, and sexual changes associated
with adolescent development. Accordingly, adolescents are increasingly
struggling with compulsive behaviors related to internet pornography and
cybersex. Existing neuroscience literature suggests that early exposure to
pornography negatively impacts adolescent brain development.
Most of today's pornography does not reflect consensual, loving,
healthy    relationships.  Instead,    pornography     teaches    dominance,
aggression, disrespect, and objectification. The most current research
shows that many children want to repeat the acts they see in pornography.
Consequently, the most comprehensive literature reviews find that
pornography use is strongly correlated with sexual aggression in boys and
sexual victimization in girls. Notably, a 2019 study among tenth graders in
the United States revealed that boys exposed to violent pornography were
two to three times more likely to commit sexual violence against a dating
* J.D. Willamette University College of Law, 2020. Provisionally Licensed Lawyer
practicing civil litigation in Fresno, California, with Fennemore Dowling Aaron. Thank you to all of
those who helped me in writing, researching, and revising this paper. Thank you, Professor Warren
Binford, for your mentorship and encouraging me to take on this topic. Thank you, Professor Andrew
Gilden, for helping me develop a more wholistic analysis, especially with regard to the LGBT
community. Thank you, Dean Norman Williams, for you time, attention, and instruction discussing
United States constitutional law. Thank you, Ernie Allen, for your guidance, counsel, and feedback.
Thank you, Patrick Swaffer, Murray Perkins, and Amelia Erratt, for allowing me to further my learning
through an externship with the British Board of Film Classification. Thank you, Professor Terry Wright,
for your support in the externship program. Finally, thank you to my wife and daughter for their
constant support throughout this project. Any readers interested in discussing further may contact me at

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