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What age do you think is an appropriate age for a girl to look at porn/erotica?
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There's no easy answer to this one.

It might be easier to answer if every given person was at the same developmental stage at the same age, if all porn/erotica were the same, if everyone's support system for talking about issues porn can raise were identical, and so forth, but these things and more vary so widely, that making any sort of universal call on something like this is just impossible.

Mind, there are laws and policies which dictate at what age someone can PURCHASE porn/erotica, and laws which oblige the maker or distributor to control at what age someone views or purchases their material (those are, on average, at around 18 in most areas), but that's about that.

I think one thing we can say, pretty unilaterally, is that without having someone to talk to about it, and without having a good sense of what is fiction/fantasy and what sexual reality is, any type of pornography can be confusing for someone, and for a lot of young people, that's a pertinent issue.

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