Anonymous asked:Do you think the way the age of consent is currently set up is problematic? I think the idea that someone a day away from their 18th birthday is too young to understand sex, but is completely mature and ready the second they turn 18 is a bit ridiculous. I think that in this century, where it's common for people to lose their virginities at 14 or 15, the concept that you're not mature enough for sex until you're 18 is outdated.
Yes. I think that age of consent laws are problematic for the most part. I understand the good intentions behind them, but I think they fail to work correctly. As you alluded to, there is no sexual-readiness switch that gets flipped when someone turns 18 (or 17 or 16 or whatever the local age of consent law is set at). The laws reflect society’s idealistic morals of it’s lawmakers and politicians - not the reality of the youthful sexuality it regulates.
I answered a similar (albeit more vague) question here.