A naked young boy is restrained on a circular platform in the middle of an audience of similarly-young and naked other boys. Bullet vibrators are attached to the restrained boy causing him to orgasm as the experience is filmed by a camera.
When I look at this picture, I’m reminded of how young I was when I became sexually aware: I knew I found bondage enjoyable at age 4 and discovered pornographic material on the Internet when I was 10. Far from being negative experiences, I credit having such physically detached and solely educational access to information about sexuality at this young age as being one the best, most self-affirming and positive experiences in my sociosexual development. It gave context and validation to otherwise unexplained urges I didn’t fully understand, and which no human was willing to talk to me about; it grounded me to the world in a time of my life when I felt least stable.
Nevertheless, I expect that this might be an extremely uncomfortable picture for some people to look at, almost certainly because the boys in this fictional drawing look like adolescents as opposed to adults. While there are undoubtedly dangers for younger people in a sexualized environment, I sincerely believe that hiding sexual information (including imagery) from youth is a bigoted, adultist act. There is an important distinction between sexualizing children and providing sexual information to them.
As Eileen recently said on a KinkForAll thread,
The reality is that sex education begins much earlier than 18 years of age, and […] I think it is personally important to provide said education in an informed manner.
I am first and foremost an autodidact—there are huge numbers of young people like this—so it makes sense that I was capable of gleaning the accurate information about sexuality from the mounds of misinformation the Internet spewed at me when I was a child in the 90’s. Not all people learn well in self-directed ways, though, so I challenge readers to carefully consider what they believe appropriate or inappropriate sexual information is for young people to have access to. As John Bell writes:
Adultism, racism, sexism, and other “isms” all reinforce each other. The particular ways young people are treated or mistreated are inseparable from their class, gender, or ethnic background. However, the phenomena of being disrespected simply because of being young holds true across diverse backgrounds.
Give young people accurate information about the way the world works, our experiences, relationships and sex, the contributions of young people to humankind, and other issues that interest them. Never lie to them.
Adults must bear in mind that youth are a crucial group of people for whom education and access to quality, reliable information is perhaps more paramount for the future than anything else. Believing young people are less capable than they are is not only a skewed perception of reality, but a disrespectful and fundamentally harmful thing to do.