Attention South By Southwest 2018 Attendees: Check Out Reason's Panel on Decriminalizing Teen Sexting

It'll be Friday at 3:30 p.m., and it'll feature Amy Lawrence, Emily Yoffe, Emily Horowitz, and Robby Soave.


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If you're in Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest this week, make sure to attend "Kids in Cuffs: The Trouble with Teen Sexting Laws," a Reason-hosted panel discussion about why laws criminalizing consensual sexting between underage adults should be abolished.

The event will feature Amy Lawrence, a mother of a teenager who was arrested for exchanging consensual sexts with his girlfriend; Emily Yoffe, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and former "Dear Prudence" columnist for Slate; Emily Horowitz, a professor of sociology at St. Francis College; and me.

The event will be held on Friday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Salon F at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

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  1. The event will be held on Friday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Salon F at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

    The event will go off the rails at 3:32 p.m. when a waiter passes too close to the stage with a tray of fruit sushi.

  2. I’d love to go, but tickets cost 1500 dollars. So, sorry SXSW, but that’s fucking absurd.

    1. I mean, shit, my ticket to Northwest Terror Fest was only 100 for three days. I know SXSW has more popular appeal, but still. 1500 dollary-doos?

    2. ?!! What? Is that a scalped price?

    3. the lowest price ticket is $825! And that’s just to hear Millennials pluck on some Ukuleles. What the hell is going on that justifies an $825 ticket price?

      1. It blew my mind too. Me and my sister were talking about maybe meeting up in Austin and going. Then we looked it up, saw the price, and just blew our minds.

        1. For reference, I looked up Coachella and Bonnaroo. Those cost 400 and 300 respectively. The VIP at Bonnaroo which includes shuttles, and a bunch of random stuff is 800.

          1. This is me… shaking my cane.

  3. Wait, I thought Reason was a libertarian website?
    Soho and Austin events…
    Never go full progressive.

    1. Never try to reach out to people who don’t agree with you.

      1. Judging from most of the content, I don’t think there are many people in Austin and Soho would find much to complain about.

        1. There are many libertarian folk in Austin. Plus, Alex Jones lives there!

          1. Do Libertarians claim him? Does anyone claim him?

      2. Two things:
        1. Seems like the viewpoint of the writers here is very pro-narrative. Popular, corporate media narrative. Some articles, like the 1st amendment one, break that mold a little bit. Yet, I haven’t seen a single article about FISA abuse and the surveillance state (other than today’s, which I haven’t read, article about the USS Cole bombing defense lawyers feeling that they were bugged). No articles about the phony Russia narrative and our push for war with the only nation on earth that is an existential threat to us (besides our own). Some decent 2a defenses, ok. But the observation I made comes down to the fact, and I haven’t been frequenting this site very long, that their shilling events in progressive strongholds – that is, they’re trying to get readers to spend money supporting those progressive strongholds.

        1. 2. How often do you interact with Progressives? They will not change, as Progressivism is the most closed minded ideology that currently exists (perhaps tied, but not exceeded, by fundamental Islamism). Progressivism is a fanatical death cult, the extremist version of Puritanism (think about that). Totalitarian socialism. Global Socialism only differs from National Socialism in rhetoric and ambition. Though I will admit the utility of swaying moderates/independents through interaction. But as far as anybody I’d label a Progressive, they’re lose. It’s a vortex. You may be able to save someone still swirling around the outer edges, but once they get closer to the center there’s no escape.

          1. Progressivism is the most closed minded ideology that currently exists

            Don’t you worry, many other -isms, including libertarianism, are doing their damnedest to catch up.

  4. Does the presentation include pictures? Just asking for a friend.

  5. Panel on Decriminalizing Teen Sexting

    If decriminalized, would Anthony Weiner have his conviction vacated? Asking for a friend.

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