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  •  I was talking about laws (1+ / 0-)
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    being applied equally ...

    And for me, it is not about getting pregnant or STDs, it is about the maturity to handle that type of relationship.  And I beg to differ with you about the social imbalance ... it can exist across age as well as gender. A young male can feel just as coerced by an older woman as a younger woman by an older man, or an younger male by an older male, etc.

    If you are saying that no sexual relationship should not be regulated in any way, that is one thing.  But if you are saying that one type of sex requires consenting adults but not another, then you might have to describe exactly what sex you mean.  Can't get pregnant with oral sex or if the man has had a vasectomy or if an object is used for insertion, etc. ... so it becomes matter of definition.

    Right now, this is the law on the books.  You can work to change it but it seems counter productive to me to gripe if it is applied evenly.

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Sun May 19, 2013 at 11:45:12 AM PDT

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    •  I was making a more nuanced point. (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, you're right, my argument is really about how to shape the law, not how to apply existing law.

      Maturity to consent is important, but only ONE consideration when considering the consequences of sexual activity. Difference in age is important, but only ONE consideration. Neither encompass all considerations.

      There are countries that criminalize sexual activity involving men (same-sex or opposite-sex) differently because they recognize additional factors that involve disparity in power associated with sex/gender, and physical consequences of penile penetration.

      If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. --Tony Benn

      by rhetoricus on Sun May 19, 2013 at 12:14:00 PM PDT

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