What’s the consensus when giving sexuality to young characters? I’m writing horror, but I don’t want me or my story to come over as being exploitative. It’s difficult when the genre, by default, is already somewhat exploitative. I’d imagine that writing sexually aware teenagers in drama would be far less frowned upon than it would in horror. So, for my exact examples, I’ve just written a scene where a 16 year old girl looks at herself in the mirror and comments that her breasts have gotten smaller. Later I will write a scene where a 15 year old girl talks about a couple of sexual encounters she’s had with the boys from school. I will not write anything to explicit, certainly no descriptions of the acts themselves, but what’s the thought on even having teenage characters talk about these things?