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Reply #22: It's more of a cultural definition than physical, sure. [View All]

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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:10 PM
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22. It's more of a cultural definition than physical, sure.
Just because a kid has sex it doesn't mean they're mature. Hell, I'm 48 and I doubt anyone close to me would call ME mature. :evilgrin:

But we do have secondary education that runs through (nominally) eighteen and those are important years from a social perspective. The responsibility of caring for a child is a serious obstacle for girls who wish to pursue post-high school education. I specifically used "girls" in that statement because they are often the primary if not only caregiver. One of my daughter's friends had a baby about a year ago (so called "boyfriend" raped her and she got a restraining order). Her parents have been wonderful about helping her, as was the school district, but it did put her behind by a year and she's a young single mom now. It is a sad reality, but the "sperm donor" isn't always in the picture and so-called "child support" payments don't make up for the work involved in raising a child.

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