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Jailbait or jail bait is Wikipedia:slang[1][2] for a person who is younger than the legal Wikipedia:age of consent for sexual activity, with the implication that an older person might find him or her sexually attractive.[3] The term is usually applied to females, though it can also apply to both males and transsexuals.[4] The term jailbait is derived from the fact that engaging in sexual activity with someone who is under the age of consent is classified as Wikipedia:statutory rape.[3] The minor deemed sexually attractive is thus a temptation to an older person to pursue them for sexual relations at the risk of being sent to Wikipedia:jail if caught.

As the legal age of consent varies by country and jurisdiction, the age at which a person can be considered "jailbait" varies. For example, in the Wikipedia:United Kingdom, where the age of consent is 16,[5] the term is used to refer to those younger than 16, whereas in some parts of the United States where the age of consent is 18, the term would refer to those aged under 18. The frequent use of the term jailbait in popular culture has been linked to a greater understanding of age of consent laws among teenagers.[2]

The term is also commonly used to refer to sexualized but non-pornographic images of minors who are perceived to meet the definition of jailbait. The growing popularity of jailbait images online has caused controversy, in some cases leading to the censorship of both the images and the term itself, and has invoked debate on the legality of such images.

Images and online impactEdit

Jailbait images can be differentiated from Wikipedia:child pornography, as they do not feature minors before the onset of puberty, nor do they contain nudity.[6][7] The images are, however, usually sexualized,[6] often featuring tween or young teen girls in bikini's, skirts,[8] underwear or lingerie.[4] Jailbait images are often collected straight from young girl's Wikipedia:Facebook pages.[9] Whether or not jailbait images are legal is debated. When questioned regarding their legality legal analyst Wikipedia:Jeffrey Toobin stated he thought it was not illegal, though legal expert Wikipedia:Sunny Hostin was more sceptical, describing jailbait images as "borderline" child porn which may be illegal.[10][11] While the images may be legal, they are often considered to be in poor taste.[10][12] Jailbait is amongst the list of banned Wikipedia:hashtags at the photo-sharing website Wikipedia:Instagram,[13][14] and the social networking website Wikipedia:Tumblr.[15] The term is also blocked on Google Instant.[16] Jailbait images have been defended on the grounds of free speech,[7] and have also been defended on the grounds they are similar to mainstream sexualised images of minors, such as those in the music video for ...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears, who was 16 years old at the time of filming.[8]

Numerous webpages and forums are devoted to jailbait images. As well as uploading and sharing images, popular discussion topics at jailbait communities include Wikipedia:ephebophilia, the difference between ephebophilia and Wikipedia:pedophilia, and debating whether images of certain girls are too young or old to be classified as jailbait.[17] Vice magazine commented on the lack of attention the press paid to the role popular jailbait image boards had on the Wikipedia:suicide of Amanda Todd.[18] An individual who was alleged to be harassing Todd prior to her suicide was tracked down by posts and images he uploaded to jailbait forums on the internet. Online jailbait communities have been described as "a very insidious force on the internet that is pitting overly clever pedophiles against insecure teenagers."[18] The have also been said to "offer a window into a disturbing mindset."[17] Self-identified pedophiles can be found in jailbait communities.[17]

Reddit controversyEdit

Main article: Wikipedia:Controversial Reddit communities#Banned subreddits

The most infamous online jailbait community was the subreddit section "/r/jailbait" on the website Wikipedia:Reddit. It was first result when searching for "jailbait" on Wikipedia:Google,[4] and was at one point the second largest search term that brought visitors to Reddit, topped only by the word "Reddit" itself.[8]

The jailbait subreddit received widespread attention after Wikipedia:Anderson Cooper devoted a segment of his TV program on September 29, 2011, to condemning both the subreddit itself and Reddit for hosting it.[6] On October 10 the subreddit was shut-down by Reddit administrators.[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. House, Random (2001). "Random House Webster's unabridged dictionary". New York: Random House Reference. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sutherland, Kate (2003). "From jailbird to jailbait: age of consent laws and the construction of teenage sexualities". 313–349. http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1167&context=wmjowl. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jail bait". Wikipedia:Dictionary.com. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jail+bait?s=t. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hachman, Mark (August 10, 2011). "Reddit Closes 'Jailbait' Pic Site, Allows Others to Remain". Wikipedia:PC Magazine. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391317,00.asp. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  5. "Sexual Offences Act 2003". .legislation.gov.uk. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/contents#pt1-pb5-l1g9. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Morris, Kevin (September 30, 2011). "Anderson Cooper addresses Reddit's teen pics section". http://www.dailydot.com/news/anderson-cooper-jailbait-reddit/. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alfonso III, Fernando (11 August 2011). "A free-speech haven wrestles with violent images". http://www.dailydot.com/society/reddit-beatingwomen-misogyny-images/. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Chen, Adrian (12 October 2012). "Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web". http://gawker.com/5950981/unmasking-reddits-violentacrez-the-biggest-troll-on-the-web. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  9. Morris, Kevin (August 23, 2011). "Reddit's ban on r/jailbait goes international". http://www.dailydot.com/news/reddit-ban-jailbait-international/. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Crugnale, James (September 30, 2011). "Anderson Cooper Excoriates Reddit For ‘Creepy’ Jailbait Section". Wikipedia:Mediaite. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/anderson-cooper-excoriates-reddit-for-creepy-jailbait-section/. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  11. Fitzpatrick, David; Griffin, Drew (October 19, 2012). "Man behind 'Jailbait' posts exposed, loses job". Wikipedia:CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/18/us/internet-troll-apology/. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Morris, Kevin (11 October 2011). "Reddit shuts down r/jailbait". http://www.dailydot.com/society/reddit-r-jailbait-shutdown-controversy/. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  13. Bosker, Biance (29 October 2013). "The New Banned Hashtags Of Instagram -- Now With More #SexyTimes". Wikipedia:The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/banned-instagram-hashtags_n_4171589.html. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  14. "The Banned #Hashtags of Instagram". thedatapack.com. August 26, 2013. http://thedatapack.com/banned-hashtags-instagram/. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  15. Romano, Aja (July 18, 2013). "29 tags Tumblr banned from its mobile app (and 10 it didn't)". Wikipedia:The Daily Dot. http://www.dailydot.com/business/banned-tumblr-tags-mobile/. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  16. "Google Blacklist – Words That Google Instant Doesn't Like". Wikipedia:2600: The Hacker Quarterly. http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 North, Anna (20 September 2011). "Reddit's Pedophilia Posse And The Return Of Jailbait". Jezebel. http://jezebel.com/5842172/reddits-pedophilia-defenders-and-the-return-of-jailbait. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 McGuire, Patrick (October 15, 2012). "A Jailbait Loving Perv Destroyed Amanda Todd's Life". Vice. http://www.vice.com/read/a-jailbait-loving-perv-destroyed-amanda-todds-life. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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