Should teens be able to access sexually explicit material?

Elizabeth's picture
Is it bad for a teenager to read Playboy or Hustler, or to watch porn on the Internet? Should parents let their teens watch or read sexually explicit material and then discuss it with them? Does it make sense to set 18 as the cut-off age, below which you can't view sexually explicit material? What if it is mostly informative? (And why does it matter if it's informative or recreational?)