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Old 07-09-2008, 09:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think those kinds of laws are there as a substitute for good parenting. I do think that kids having sex can bring all kinds of trouble with it, especially when you've got imbalances of power and influence with older men preying on young girls. But the laws that just try to restrict sex among consensual teenagers are ineffective, and seem to be meant to do a job that parenting should be meant to do. It is tough when sex gets attached to everything in the culture as a kind of toss-off thing to do, and then kids are expected to think wisely about it. There are a lot of things at odds there. My biggest thing is that boys ought to be taught to respect women from a very young age, so that once the hormones set in, there is something to balance the brain's ability to see them as playthings alone. Again the culture tends to do the opposite.
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