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Newsgroups: soc.men, soc.women, alt.sex, talk.politics.theory, talk.politics.misc
From: berger@iboga (Mike Berger)
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1992 19:08:07 GMT
Local: Tues, Jan 7 1992 2:08 pm
Subject: Re: North American Man-Boy Love Association
t...@cup.portal.com (Tim W Smith) writes:
>> relations, I laugh at you. Even so, some of the 12- and 13-year-olds*----
>> I have known have been more emotionally ready to deal with sex than
>> some of the 25-year-olds I have known. The point is that arbitrarily
>> placing the age at which you become emotionally ready for sex at 18 --
>> or, indeed, at any predetermined age -- is silly.
>It is not silly -- it is practical. If psychology ever becomes a real
>science, perhaps it will be possible to test people for readiness for
>various things (sex, alcohol, independence from parents, etc.). In
>such a world, the age of a person would have nothing to do with the
>legal definition of adulthood.
I'm having trouble distinguishing between "practical" and "silly". If
your arbitrary age limits are not based on any objective facts about the
individual in question, that "practical" means "convenient". It's
hardly a compelling reason.
Department of Statistics, University of Illinois
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