Behind the Scenes

“Do You Know What Porn Is?”

Conversations with Dahlia Lithwick’s 11-year-old son.

Illustration by Charlie Powell

For Slate Plus members only, the complete conversation Dahlia Lithwick had with her 11-year-old son after her guest appearance on Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting to discuss talking to your kids about porn.

Dahlia: So I just did a podcast about talking to your kids about porn.
Son: (DYING) Oh.
Dahlia: Do you know what porn is?
Son: Yeah the stuff.
Dahlia: It’s images of people having sex or naked.
Son: I knew that. Can we stop talking about this?
Dahlia: I just did a podcast telling people that their kids will either see porn or find porn or be shown porn and that they should be really open with their kids about it.
Son: Well that was stupid.