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Is the age of consent too low in the UK?
Member Name: thedevilinme
Is the age of consent too low in the UK?
Advantages: We are better than most at tacking this
Disadvantages: Promicious society
Modesty, of course, is when a pretty girl awkwardly tries to pull down the hem of her short skirt by a couple of inches when a cute guy checks them out, proud of the acknowledgment but feeling guilty of being overly sexual. Women are complex and confusing creatures and full of contradictions. In the 1970s and 80s, when Jimmy Savile was at his most heinous, a lot of pop stars and rock bands were probably doing far worse, underage girls throwing themselves at their icons. Did the huge pop bands of the day (no names!) check their young admirer's passports in Rio or Mexico City before they passed the Jack Daniels and cigarettes around in the hotels and dressing rooms? Robert Plant is famously photographed with a 14-year-girl on Hollywood Blvd and Bill Wyman nearly married a 13-year-old!! Are we turning on Savile and not them because Jimmy always looked like what we expected a pedophile to look like, the classic loner and middle aged perv, which he clearly was. How old was Elvis first wife when they started dating? The screaming girls at the Beatles concerts in the 1960s were thinking about only one thing when they looked at John, Paul, George and Ringo....and it was not their mop tops! If they are old enough to have desire then what's going to stop them throwing themselves at the stars? Yes it's up to the adults not to give into temptation but I'm sure this was the culture of the day, why it has remained unspoken until now. Clearly Savile was a sadistic pedophile who got involved in charities and hospitals just to get at young kids, completely abhorrent, but I still suspect some of the complainants about Savile are people chasing compensation or simply going through guilt phases that highlighted the hidden promiscuity of the time that most went along with. The English are not a Catholic country and causal sex is the norm. I'm certainly not apologizing for any aspect of Savile and he is the reason we have an age of consent, a legal red line not to be crossed so able to prosecute adults. But, just as the constables on duty at Hillsboro chose not to act so to protect their jobs, no one lower down at the BBC dare challenge Savile, and let's be honest, if the underlings had, they would have been sacked or censured, career over. No wonder superinjuctions are popular in the seedy and sad world of showbiz, this behavior clearly a perk, lots more celebrities likely to be named in the coming weeks.
When that schoolteacher eloped with his willing 15-year-old lover he had to be imprisoned to send a message. As tempting as it may be in the mid life crisis it just can't happen. Again, British teens have always been promiscuous and immature compared to their European counterparts and so the age of consent really needs to be higher than it currently is if we are honest. A significant chunk of British kids have sex under the age of 16 and an uncomfortable chunk of those are with partners over 16. Throw in the booze culture and you have the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe. I equate it to the kid's right to drive on public roads at the age of 17, that young age group responsible for 50% of all serious accidents here.
In the European Union its Catholic Spain, somewhat surprisingly, that has the lowest age of consent at 13, whilst most of the Balkans has it around 14, presumably to do with virginal dowries. In parts of South and Central America it gets down to 12!! It's noticeable that in the countries with the higher consent age they also have those high numbers of teen pregnancies, as well as reported rapes and sexual assaults, as we do in the U.K. A healthy chunk of reported rapes in Britain are simply 15-year-olds willingly having sex with 17-year-olds on the local council estate but against the law so the crime must be logged when other crimes are committed by those people when they come into contact with the police. I don't want to get into the whole rape debate but its worth considering that fact when you see that controversial 6% conviction rate. Once booze and drugs are in the mix you have sexual anarchy in all age groups. I agree with Kenneth Clarke that we should have different offences for sexual assault so to get more convictions on lesser charges, rather than the other way around. Again, women are complicated creatures when it comes to sex and the power it yields, and men are nowhere near as bad as we are made out. Just accept we are a booze sodden nation who can't keep our kegs on.
Personally I lost 'half' of my virginity before I was 18 and the other half later on. I was more interested in running and being an Olympian in my teens than the conquest of girls. The thing boys brag about most is the age they had sex. If they give you an age add at least three years girls. I preferred to chase the prettiest and cleverest girls so had a much lower strike rate than the rough boys who would be beaten up by their parents if they hadn't impregnated a girl by their 16th birthday. How many middle-class kids are pregnant at university? Not many. The wealthier you are the more you seem to adhere to the age of consent. Having sex for lads at a young age is purely machismo and for girls it's often something they want to get out of the way due to pier pressure. Sex is no longer the sacred act we are told it once was, which it probably never was anyway. It's revered too much and often overrated. It's loving someone that's the real goal and that certainly lasts longer and more pleasurable. Any offers?
Summary: The more you tell them not to the more they want to