Is Sex Worse Than Violence?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 30 2011 @ 8:06pm

Pivoting off the SCOTUS violent video games ruling, Brian Palmer asks why we are fine with showing kids violence but not sex. James Joyner chimes in:

American society simply places much stronger taboos on sexual content than violent content. Indeed, the fact that researchers have no compunctions about showing violent movies to kids or allowing them to playing video games where they pretend to kill and maim while at the same time they’re not only absolutely unwilling to show kids soft core porn and are extremely careful even about the questions they’ll ask on a bland survey demonstrates that rather clearly. For that matter, we allow kids to act in violent movies, even allowing them to commit acts of violence. But a 17-year-old sending a risque photo to his friends can be charged with a crime.