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Child Pornography

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"Child Pornography" (CP) is a broad term which refers to nude, sexual, or pornographic depictions of children, minors, or persons under the age of consent. The definition varies across jurisdictions, often with regard to moral and cultural sensibilities such as perceptions of nudity or appropriate ages for sexual activity. There are also a number of specific crimes related to child pornography; for example - "making" images and distributing them. In many cases the laws pertaining to these things use different labels and CP remains a colloquial term.


Etymologically speaking, the term "pornographos" referred to depictions of harlots (prostitutes) in Ancient Greece. Labelling child images as pornography (calling them whores, essentially) contradicts the thought process that children cannot consent to sex. Prostitutes must by definition by consensually selling sex, otherwise it is rape and not prostitution. People who are sold as objects without their consent are called sex slaves, not prostitutes.

Politically correct alternatives

More recently, a politically correct term, CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) has come into use, particularly by eliminationists such as INHOPE. However, since most such material is now produced by minors, this term, and the idea that all such material can be eliminated, is inherently problematic and has implications for civil liberties. It should also be noted that most such minor pornographers are in fact teenagers and not children, and that some investigations would appear to contest the idea that the rarer, adult produced "CSAM" is necessarily "abusive" in anything but a statutory sense.

Youth Erotica

A more accurate term for the genre would be "Youth Erotica", although this, or similar terms have not seen widespread use, due to the legal schemes in most western countries (see Child Pornography Laws, particularly Wikipedia:Legality of child pornography).


For a comprehensive list of articles, see Category:Child_Pornography.

To avoid confusion of this topic, we constructed a series of articles that relate to this issue:

In addition to this, all of the following may or may not be considered child porn: