That's my topic for today - which doesn't seem much like a Phallic Friday post, does it? Let me explain...
My Dad is visiting. Not quite sure how but we ended up talking about an episode of Can of Worms that he saw, where age, sex, and first base came up (My dad and I have weird conversations). Anyway, the show said kids today have blow jobs as first base. Sex occurrs as young as 14. And these issues were discussed by various people.
As we kept talking, I started thinking that the age thing is a big problem. I can't publish a book where people have sex (well, not described anyway) if they're under 18. But in reality, people are having sex at 16, even as young as 10 or 12. The Virginity Mission has the heroine 21 and a virgin... which is kind of out-dated.
Dad watches Glee, where he says homosexuality, cross-dressing, transgender people, marriage, sex and all is portrayed as normal in a high school. I've no idea what age this is though - are they 16, 18, 21?
Should we be publishing books that have information to suit the age that needs it?
Or maybe it's not needed. Maybe you use text books for information and we don't want pleasure reading to expose us to the reality of sex at 16.
I don't know the answers but it was an interesting discussion.
Do you have any thoughts?