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Barely Legal Means Aged 18 to 20 by Definition

What does the term ‘Barely Legal' mean?

The term originated with teen pornography, sometimes referred to as Barely Legal, which features young actors depicted as being aged 18 or 19, and in some cases as old as 20. Eighteen years old is the youngest age to lawfully perform in sexually explicit films in many countries.


What is the ‘Barely Legal' genre of romance fiction?

In ‘Barely Legal' romance fiction themes the premise of the story mainly revolves around written descriptions of sexual acts involving an 18 to 20 year old teen. No sexual acts involve minors, therefore the Barely Legal name refers to characters ‘barely old enough to be legal'. Most often, Barely Legal refers to ages 18 and 19, however some publishers also include 20 year old characters, or actors in the case of videos and photography.

Recently, some mainstream publishers have stopped selling this genre. For this reason Lot's Cave has decided to include it as a service to our readers. We currently solicit manuscripts from authors and eBooks from publishers in the Barely Legal category, especially if they contain content relating to incest or pseudo-incest, or any other form of what they call "barely-legal sex".

What is ‘Twink'

You may rightly assume this is sex between an older person and someone in the age-range of 18-19. ‘Twink' refers to m/m titles of 18 to 19 year old males having sex with older men.

Of course, it's interesting to note that none of the publishing houses seem to object to a plethora of Twink m/m titles in their bookstores or on their websites. No, their objection seems entirely against 18 to 19 females having sex with older men.


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Is ‘Underage' romance fiction legal?

Good question. In a word, yes. It is totally legal. ‘Underage' romance fiction and written erotica does not fall under the ‘Child Pornography' definition, even if it is socially unacceptable and in bad taste. Maybe it's not quite so legal – it can run afoul of obscenity laws in various local jurisdictions. But then so can almost any other book, depending on local community standards.

Child Pornography —is the visual representation of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexual activity or the visual representation of minors engaging in lewd or erotic behavior designed to arouse the viewer's sexual interest. This legal definition refers only to photographs or videos, not to written fantasy. Fantasy books and stories involving minors, provided there are no photo's or book covers which are of minors or adults who appear to be minors, are not a visual representation. At best they can be considered obscene and violate local obscenity laws.

The only reason publishers will not print underage romance fiction is due to internal policy, not to any law which exists. Often, this internal policy is for good reason because credit card companies and credit card processors often refuse to accept credit card charges for this material on the grounds that it is "high risk", meaning it has a high rate of refunds or customer complaints. Another reason is that publishers do not want to run afoul of mainstream readers with Calvinistic attitudes toward sexuality. Thus the perception continues that under age romance fiction is illegal due to being classified as child pornography.


Miller standard for Obscenity.

In Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 93 S.Ct. 2607, 37 L.Ed.2d 419 (1973) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that pornography is obscene if it meets a three prong test: (1) the work, taken as a whole by an average person applying contemporary community standards, appeals to the prurient interest; and (2) the work depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and (3) the work, when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.


Lot's Cave does NOT publish any form of Child Pornography, no exceptions.


For more details on this subject, Lot's Cave provides the following free information taken from various sources on the web. Use it at your own discretion and risk.

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