When I argued that pornography is inherently oppressive at a Cambridge Union debate recently, I honestly didn’t expect my team to win over the audience. I hoped to. But I also knew that those who grow up in today’s pornified world understandably find it hard to see the harms. I see the harms. I am a lawyer, practising in the US and in the UK, and I spend some of my days – more than I like – cleaning up the messes of the porn industry.

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In only one generation, the art of flirting has changed drastically.  For better or worse, smiling at someone during class or hoping to run into him or her at the gym, has been replaced by electronic communications: text messages, likes, shares, tweets, emojis and, in some cases, sexting. 

It should not surprise anyone that teenagers have taken up sexting.  Cameras on phones are constantly at hand: food is photographed before it is eaten, baby scans are shared when they're still in the womb, and the pet next door has its own YouTube channel.

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