Is Porn Stealing Our Childhood?

Chris Brown

There’s been a lot of talk about a recent article whereby the age at which Chris Brown lost his virginity was discussed. The author claims that he did not lose his virginity at 8-years-old, he was in fact raped at 8-years-old. Whilst that’s a very bold claim to make, is there any truth to it?

The author makes a very good point by saying that if this was a young girl speaking of having her first sexual encounter at 8, people would definitely recognise that as rape. However, because it is a man it is turned into something that’s a coming of age act. Here lies the problem with society. According to the Children’s Assessment Center, 8% of sexual abuse victims age 12-17 are male and 26% of victims under the age of 12 are male. Chris Brown seemed to defend the experience by saying it was just what happened in rural areas, which actually has some validity to it. Children who live in rural areas are almost twice as likely to be identified as victims of child sex abuse. So why then do many young men continue to see engaging in sexual activity at a young age as something to be celebrated?

For me, porn is the answer. Chris Brown claimed that he and his cousins would watch a lot of porn, which obviously will have an effect on the way you perceive things at such a young age. Your brain is still developing, you’re still learning about the world and so are extremely susceptible to outside influences. Seeing a dominant male in porn, assuming that’s how you’re supposed to behave, is never going to bode well for any young child. There are numerous studies that illustrate the negative effects pornography can have on the attitudes a child can form, increasing the likelihood of children developing distorted perceptions about sexuality. Perhaps it is this that caused Chris Brown to think it is completely normal for an 8 year-old boy to have sex with a 15 year-old girl. Some people argue that pornography can entice sexual violence towards women, which is maybe why Chris Brown had such a volatile relationship with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The bottom line is, society has one rule for men and one rule for women. Whilst a great deal is done to protect young girls from experiencing sexual acts too soon, not a lot is done to help young boys enjoy their childhood and innocence. Instead of promoting this ‘masculine’ ideal of what a boy should turn out to be, society should be nurturing these young men. After all, it is they who will become the next generation and who will be interacting with our young girls.

 

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