The Daily Beast reports “Why Barely Legal porn is so dangerous” after NY Daily News reports allegations of underage teen “sextortion”

Hustler & it's owner Larry Flynt built their empire on the concept of "Barely Legal"

Hustler & it’s owner Larry Flynt built their empire on the concept of “Barely Legal”… 

Shortly after the NY Daily News reported on allegations of a 34 year old man posing as a teen on social media who the report claims was extorting pornographic media from underage teen girls, the Daily Beast’s writer Janice Griffith penned an insightful article in regards to “Why Barely Legal porn is so dangerous”.

via NYdailyNews.com

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn man posing as teen extorted child porn out of young girls, authorities allege

A 34-year-old Brooklyn man posed as a teen, then sexually exploited young girls on Facebook, even threatening to tell one victim’s parents until she agreed to take video as she performed oral sex on her 2-year-old sister, authorities said Monday.

Ruslan Mirvis was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court, authorities said.

Charged with the sexual exploitation of children, Mirvis confessed he convinced minors “to take pictures and videos of themselves and other minor victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to court papers.

“Mirvis stated that, at times, he would … use threats in connection with his production of child pornography,” the papers said.

He made the admissions Friday morning, when authorities showed up with a search warrant at his Midwood apartment, the papers said.

Mirvis’ mother and brother were there at the time, according to the papers, and even though he was advised he was not under arrest and was free to leave, he agreed to talk to investigators.

Mirvis’ alleged acts of exploitation — including incidents in which he used Facebook’s video calling feature with the victims — involved at least 14 girls ages 12 to 16 and goes back to at least last March, according to court papers and police sources.

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via TheDailyBeast.com

Why ‘Barely Legal’ Porn Is So Dangerous

Porn star Janice Griffith writes about why she thinks men are hooked on “teen” porn, and how uncomfortable this obsession makes her feel.

The most popular search term on the internet for pornography is “teen”—even though, in most states, adults shouldn’t be having sex with anyone under the age of 18, leaving only two legal years. This speaks volumes about human sexuality and the way that men interact with women: Why do we, as a society, harbor such a sick obsession with not just youth, but what we consider youthful women? Why is fucking an 18-year-old a fetish? Why do you want a “barely legal” girl?

While the porn industry itself exists in a bubble, we are not impervious to the zeitgeist. This includes—but is not limited to—racism, sexism, and classism. The world is obsessed with youth, so pornography is inundated with that theme. “Teen” or “Barely Legal” porn isn’t something new. Even before the internet took hold, Playboy was releasing special “college girl” issues, while Hustler’s Barely Legal magazine pandered to men’s fantasies of young, sexually inexperienced women.

Men often try to excuse their desire for barely-consenting-age women under the guise of human nature—namely, our innate instinct to reproduce. The issue with that argument is that a woman’s childbearing ability doesn’t peak until between the ages of 22-26, so the reproduction case doesn’t really stand when it comes to lusting after teens. Another theory for why men desire too-young girls is the anxiety of aging. An older man may feel uncomfortable or inadequate with themselves—specifically their sexual performance—and are able to feel superior in situations with someone with less life experience (teenagers are significantly more impressionable than even twentysomethings). This desire to have authority and control over molding another human being that you’re having sex with is toxic, to say the least.

Most teenage-themed pornography is as follows: a male authority figure catches a female subordinate doing something her character shouldn’t be, prompting the female actress to have something come over her (for lack of better phrasing), offering to seduce this man in exchange for keeping her secret, not getting her in trouble, you name it. This female subordinate is often a student, babysitter, or friend’s daughter. We create a taboo narrative around these people having sex. This authority-subordinate or association scenario is stimulating because it’s supposed to create yet another layer of forbiddenness on their sexual act—because the consumer wants to feel like they’re doing something wrong.

I believe it’s a combination of predatory behavior encouraged by social conditioning: men are often demonized and ostracized for deviating from acceptable gender norms and discouraged from seeking help or expressing feelings. Society and media have an obsession with simultaneously sexualizing and infantilizing women. This infantilization of women is seen in every available medium, and as women age, the representation of people they can relate to in media diminishes extensively. Advertisements sell us on anti-aging material and youthfulness is not just praised—it is mandatory. So it’s not terribly surprising to see this practice in pornography as well.

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