The problem here is that you're trying to use a 'reasonable' argument.
Normally I'd applaud that, in fact I think you've done a pretty good job of defending what my personal ethics consider an unreasonable thing.
I'm impressed that you would even try considering what you know about how people feel about it.
Therein lies the problem.
Even though, to a point I agree with you on some of the 'gray areas', I can't get past that.
Where explicit child pornography, or hard
pedophilia is concerned I don't see myself budging ever. On the gray areas I already agree, there are people who may be able to handle what happens with no problem. Heck empirically I know they can since for much of human history ages have been much lower than they are now in the US for sex.
I still can't get past that roadblock.
Let me give an example.
Imagine a 14 year old girl, takes 'naughty' pictures and sends it to her 14-15 year old boy/girl friend and we assume ONLY that person will ever see it.
Am I ok with that? I'm a little uncomfortable, but I can live with it.
Imagine a 14 year old girl, takes 'naughty' pictures and sends it to her 35-40 year old boy/girl friend and we assume ONLY that person will ever see it.
Am I ok with that? No, not really.
** this posted while I was writing**
Do you believe the sentence should be :
I know this probably wasn't directed at me, but my own answer is: it depends.
I recognize there is a difference between a 17 year old and a 9 year old, as well I recognize there is a difference between rape porn and topless posing, the law may not.
There was a man who was arrested for having and taking pictures of underage girls who were FULLY CLOTHED who was charged with child pornography, so clearly the issue can be a witch hunt. Based on that, sort of thing I'd say yes the law may need to be revised or clarified greatly.