They’re running out of things to talk about. I’m very liberal: I read “Sexuality in the Human Male” by Kinsey when I was 14 (and not for fun but because *I* really wanted to know what was normal and what wasn’t)… and didn’t realize that he was very controversial.
So my idea of “normal spectrum of human behavior” was pretty broad from a young age.
That being said, I’m ALSO aware of power issues – and THIS is where the issue becomes critical to me:
While it may be part of the spectrum of possibilities for the human male (I never read the “sexuality in the human female” book.. at the time I only wanted to know about myself by learning about all sexual possibilities for men, not certain of my own at the time), nevertheless, it is unacceptable socially because of the abuse of roles.
It is also wrong that a used-car salesman slickly convinces someone to buy a car but in the case of an adult buying a car, you’re kinda on your own after 18 years old. [although even THERE, there are laws protecting adult citizens against abuse of power and trust roles].
But in the case of people under the age of majority, they are ESPECIALLY in a precarious place:
They have few rights of their own. Their rights are conferred primarily through the parents and education systems. They cannot stand alone. They cannot have bank accounts. They cannot have a voice in government. They are not legally allowed to make their own decisions, outside of a limited few.
Now, I see this as generally a big problem with societies. I believe they should have more of a voice in their own lives.
HOWEVER: this is what makes p. matter especially wrong.
There is absolutely NO justification for it whatsoever.
The power difference between legal major (over 18 in most places) and legal minor (under 18 in most places) is HUGE and backed by the government and laws.
An adult AUTOMATICALLY has responsibility for ALL children. All adults are responsible for all children.
Think about that: As an adult, you are responsible to NOT to harm a child, any child, unless legally sanctioned by the state in some way.