Squeeky wrote:Now I am concerned that the middle girl is somewhere between 15-17. She is "featuring" in an activity which (of that perceived given age) does not comply with the rules.
I fully realise that what shark
says goes on this site -- it does belong to him after all -- but I would point out that when we first meet Wendy and Chloe, their appearance and context put them clearly in the above sub 18 category, even though shark
can obviously bend his own rules.
My own inclinations are to say that even 18 is probably too young for most people to have got to grips with their own sexuality which is why they ought to be parent/guardian advised when young adolescents, even if they think they know their own minds. I also recognise that loving sexual relationships can
be formed in early adolescence, but this tends to be the exception rather than the rule. (Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage to his young cousin lasted 13 years before his third divorce -- not bad going, considering)
I must say I'm a little surprised that Graen
is so latched on to US Federal law, when you consider that the majority of Americans appear to object to what they consider Federal interference in State laws -- if ILSWriter
had her material in one of the more permissive States, would that over 18 requirement apply, even if she is a US citizen?
When the age of majority in the UK was dropped from 21 to 18, I remember reckoning that most 18 year olds weren't fit to vote, in fact from that point of view I felt that raising the age to 25 would be more appropriate -- I certainly wasn't fit to vote when I was 21 and neither were many of my peers!
Maybe the ancient Jews had it right, courtesy of Moses et al -- you enter adulthood at 13 but are not considered really responsible until you are 25 when you are expected to do the main graft of society until you are 50. Only then are you considered to be experienced enough and have gained sufficient wisdom to give sound advice. Presumably this was the sort of theory behind the formation of the US Senate -- pity it didn't work!