I wrote about the tricky Age of Consent laws nearly three years ago. But (not-so-surprisingly) very few people wanted to get involved with the topic.
I think that’s a mistake. Because the issue of adult-child “relationships” is going to come up again and again in the future. It has the potential to divide traditional, religious Conservatives from the secular, “alternative” ones.
This was apparent just yesterday, when popular bloggers Milo Yiannoupolous and Matt Walsh engaged in a heated social media debate. You can read about the Milo/Matt situation on one of Matt’s Facebook posts.
Anyway, here’s what I wrote back in 2014:
I’ve been binge-watching House M.D. on Netflix for several weeks now. But, the following scene struck me enough to stop the furious pace and transcribe the conversation. It fits perfectly in a blog discussing cultural differences…
A 17-year-old girl has been stalking Dr. House, very overtly trying to seduce him. Close friends warn him to keep his distance–which he more or less tries to do. But the girl is insistent. Finally, she corners him in a parking garage.
Girl: “In Iceland the age of consent is 14.”
House: “I’m surprised that tourism isn’t a bigger industry up there.”
Girl: “So today I’m jailbait. But in 22 weeks anybody can do anything to me. Will I be so different in 22 weeks?”
House: “22-weeks is enough for a fetus to grow arms and legs.”
Girl: “It’s just a line. An arbitrary line drawn by a bunch of sad old men in…
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