Legal age of consent for dating
Isn’t it sort of stupid for a law to determine how old I have to be to consent to sex? Everyone matures at different ages; some 16-year-olds are more mature than 20-year-olds and are able to make smarter decisions about sex than their elders, that’s true.
But one of the best ways to understand why statutory rape laws are in place is to look outside of how mature you think you are and think about things a little more generally.
But jaywalking is also against the law and people do that all the time.
The point I’m making is that unless someone goes out of their way to bring you and your boo to court, you’re safe to continue doing whatever you two are doing.
Well, I can assure you, we’re none of those things, but we are definitely young women who are trying to look out for y’all.
For example, with age differences comes a power play.
Come on, we all know that there’s a difference between a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old being in a relationship compared to a 14-year-old and a 30-year-old.
So if you’re a little lost, think of it this way: Romeo and Juliet laws are in place to protect teens and young adults within a certain age range from getting in trouble just because they’re getting it on.
One thing that sucks about these provisions, however, is that some less progressive states or countries make sure that Romeo and Juliet laws don’t apply to same-sex couples. But if I was hooking up with, say, my soccer coach or something then– Yeah, going to protect your (creepy) coach in that case. Because like I said earlier the law also acknowledges power play.
Statutory rape is probably–no, definitely–the most controversial topic for you, our readers.