After all, we think a 14 year old should be in control of her body enough to decide on her own to have an abortion, so why isn't she old enough to consent to sex?
I'm thinking about this because of a case that's in the news today:
Kaitlyn Hunt, or “Kate,” has just refused a plea deal in a case that has focused the nation on discriminatory prosecutions and ways in which LGBT people are treated differently by some prosecutors. Kate Hunt, a high school senior who began a consensual relationship with a classmate three years her junior, when she was 17, was arrested when she turned 18 after her girlfriend’s parents demanded her arrest and expulsion from school.
The Florida prosecutor, Brian Workman, offered her a deal vastly different from those generally offered to teens in her situation engaged in opposite-sex consensual relationships. Instead of offering her a misdemeanor charge Hunt is being charged with two felonies. Her plea deal would include her being forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, no possibility of her case being overturned or records sealed, and forced to serve two years’ house arrest.
“Hunt will appear in court June 20, and could face 15 years in prison if convicted... (source)
I'm curious what your thoughts are on the question in the subject line as well as on this case.
arch, doesn't the number of children who are NOT killing children tell you something about the prevalence of resiliency?
Surely you don't believe the only alternative to one hundred percent is zero percent.
Would I prefer to see zero percent of our children killing children? Of course, I would.
But I have heard that phrase, "children are SO resilient," all my life, and as one who has taught both "normal" children and special needs children, even though they may never kill anyone, most parents fuck up most children. They're not as resilient as I would wish they were.
Or perhaps the resilience is taken out of them. Chances are the children of our mastodon-hunting ancestors didn't have the hang-ups modern kids seem to have.
Further, Tom, the number of children who are NOT killing children could also tell you something about the prevalence of children who have not been particularly traumatized.
In Northern Vietnam, children as young as six still ride buffalo to school and carry a four foot machete.
I wouldn't trust an American child with a pair of sharp scissors.
And in Africa there are children soldiers who carry machine guns. ;)
I'm not weighing in morally.
I don't have kids, I don't like kids.
I'm just saying, if you're going to have a bunch of em and live in a society without warning labels...
If I had to pit an American 6 year old against a Black Hmong 6 year old, my money is on the kid that can handle a two ton animal and a freaking sword.
RE: "I don't like kids." - have you tried marinating them?
I'm reminded of a Robert Bloch quote: "Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk,"
Clearly the man had no culinary skills.
"...have you tried marinating them?"
Don't forget the side dish and the wine. :D
Also, but in jest, Jonathan Swift.