It was last summer when a British journalist, facing quite a backlash, deleted her tweet about how “someone needs to create porn for children.” “They need entry-level porn,” she argued. They’ve already got Teen Vogue, which is widely available and keeps posting its illustrated guide to anal sex. But the idea of porn for children hasn’t gone away. Alan McKee has made it his mission to find porn that’s appropriate for children, and even lists a number of sites he’s deemed OK for consumption by kids, including his own blog, Sex School.

McKee writes:

For this reason I worked with colleagues from the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney to ask a group of experts around the world what makes for healthy pornography for young people. We spoke to people from a range of backgrounds: sex educators, pornography researchers, pornography producers, adolescent development experts and sexual health experts, for a total of thirty experts. We asked them what criteria they would use to decide what counts as healthy porn; and to give us some examples.

The experts agreed that six criteria are important when looking for porn that supports young people’s healthy sexual development:

  1. Includes a variety of sexual practices and pleasures – not just ‘penis-in-vagina intercourse’, not just orgasms
  2. Includes a variety of body types, abilities, genders, races and/or ethnicities
  3. Shows negotiation of consent on screen, including but not limited to open communication, explicit statements of sexual desires, respect of boundaries and/or ongoing consent
  4. The material is known to be ethically produced, including but not limited to attention to consent, safe working conditions and fair pay
  5. Focuses on pleasure for all participants
  6. Shows safe sex, including but not limited to condom use, dams and/or lube

Yes, it’s important to show all races, genders, and body types. What about gay sex? And we’re not sure if the BDSM 101 tutorial pictured in his tweet is for kids or not.

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