Originally Posted by stonedcrab
I'm new here and I have a question The rule as I read it says no one under the age of 18 It would seem kind of a stretch for every person involved with incest to be 18 or over. I assume that's the way it has to be.
I ran into a situation at another site with a story I wrote about two kids who became friends at the age of four and went on to grow up experiencing their sexual awakening together and ultimately having sex until they were adults. I was told that although it was a great idea any talk of underage kids having sex is forbidden.
Is that the bottom line?
It's not really a stretch, per se. The adult characters (18 and over) realize they have a sexual attraction to another adult family member or members and it goes from there. If it's your standard one-pager, a sister or brother might stroll out of the bathroom and catch his/her sibling jacking/frigging themselves off, leading to a spontaneous "hey, let's fuck," situation.
It works. There doesn't have to be a history of incest that was going on before age 18. The "incest at 18+" depiction is believable enough to get favorites and positive votes. No one will question it. If the story drifts into a red zone, Laurel rejects it.
What a lot of people don't realize is that 18 is still pretty fucking young, and a believable age to be naive and inexperienced. 18 is the youngest age the law allows for porn but when you really think about it, an 18-year-old is still a kid; they've just crossed a line where they can legally be sexually depicted in an adult work.
To answer your other question, my understanding of Lit's golden rule is this: no one under 18 can engage in sexual intercourse, masturbate, watch anyone else have sex, entertain sexual thoughts, or talk about sex. Minors cannot have sex with adults or other minors. There can be minor characters in the story, but they cannot in any way be involved, directly or indirectly, in any sex.
Of course these aren't worlds where 18-year-olds are spawned from pods or grown in labs. We all know that adults were once children and teens, just as we all know that sexual activity doesn't just magically start once the Holy Border of Legal has been stepped over. But for the purposes of this site, there cannot be any scene of your characters experiencing sexual awakenings as children. I've been told on this board that you can mention
something like a character having lost their virginity at 16 or so, so long as it isn't described in explicit detail. That's something I'm not willing to risk either. I ignore those types of background details and start off in college, at the earliest.
Tldr summary: keep the kids out of the bedroom in every way. Find a way to make your stories work without getting them rejected.