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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:52 AM
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When I was 16, I had sex with a 21-year-old.
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 09:54 AM by lightningandsnow
And yes, I've mentioned it before, because it always comes up for me whenever people post shock/outrage that the "children" (teenagers, really) are being sexual, especially with someone older.

While I know that age differences like that can lend themselves to exploitation, that isn't always the case. While my boyfriend was older than me, and we had a lot of differences (which is why we're not together anymore), I can assure you that I was not raped, exploited, or abused in any way. It was perfectly consensual (and perfectly legal where I live.) And we really did care about each other a lot. I also think I am fairly mature for my age - I'm 17 now - which is why I tend to be attracted to people who are a bit older in the first place.

This is why it always bothers me when people try to paint adolescent sexuality with a broad brush. It isn't that simple, and nothing annoys me more than when people insist on naming the experiences of others.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:55 AM
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1. In many jurisdictions, 16 years old is at or above the
age of consent. So, you did nothing legally wrong, nor did your boyfriend. Some will come here, though, to tell you you did.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:59 AM
Response to Reply #1
9. My great grandmother was 16 when she had my grandfather
She had been married at age 15, with the consent of her parents.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:43 AM
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60. Not that unusual in your ggmother's day.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:19 PM
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98. No, and that's the point
What is unusual now is that people wait a lot longer to get married. This is not historically the way it has been--marriage more or less coincided with the onset of interest in sex, which is the way it still is in many countries. What this means for the West and the US in particular is that more people are sexually active before they are married. This is one big reason why it is vital that we make sure kids get sensible sexual education, including information about contraception. Great grandma had not only the support of her husband but her entire extended family when she had my grandpa. Girls of 16 who get pregnant now are mostly single and have no such support. It is much harder for them.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:09 PM
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147. Actually for many years in Catholic Germany
people were married in their twenties generally. This was mostly true for hundreds of years. For example Georg Honer born 16 Mar 1676 married on 30 Aug 1698 to Magdalena Hauser born 13 Feb 1678. There's no way to know if they were having sex before marriage, but the rate of illegitimacy was very low until after 1805 when Napoleon secularized the government and also when the Napoleonic wars killed many of the eligible husbands.

In my study of the Spaichingen church records, for example, there were no illegitimate births in 1787 out of 75 births, one in 74 in 1788, 1 in 76 in 1789, and 1 in 72 in 1790. OTOH in 1813 there were 6 out of 88, 3 out of 66 in 1814 and 7 out of 101 in 1815.
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dalaigh lllama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:55 AM
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208. Maybe not illegitimate births, but how many "six month babies"?
When I was quite young, an elderly lady of my acquaintance used to drive me nuts because she's always check the birthdate of a newlywed couple's first child against their wedding date. Her explanation? "The first babe can come any time after the wedding. The rest of 'em take nine months." Being the free-wheeling hippy type that I was back then, I thought she was being quite judgmental of my generation, since IMO all those old taboos were falling away in the 70's (HA!). The way all the "elders" around me talked, no one had ever had an impure thought, much less premarital sex, before our generation.

About fifteen years ago I started delving into genealogy, and discovered that by golly the old lady was right. Lots of "premature" firstborns, no matter which branch I was exploring. And these were all churchy people -- German Catholics, German Lutherans -- didn't matter. One thing I did notice, tho. Whenever a couple had a "premature" baby, they were often on the move shortly thereafter, either emigrating to America or moving "West" if they were already here, leaving the "stigma" of premarital shenanigans behind them.

In your studies, I wonder how many of those illegitimate births would have become "preemies" if the eligible husbands hadn't been whisked off to fight in the wars.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 01:37 PM
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232. actually in the Catholic records, the Priest would record that as illegitimate
They were doing the same counting as that older lady. If a baby was born 'early' they would note that, and usually that did not happen. For example Georg and Magdalena were married on 30 Aug 1698 and their first children were the twins Anna and Maria born 6 Aug 1699.

I did find what you talk about to be true in Protestant Switzerland where it seemed the first baby of every couple was born five months after the marriage, but not in this part of Catholic Germany just 100 miles to the north. The Protestants also did not note legitimate or illegitimate in their records. Switzerland was the only place I found it to be universally true. Although in my American records I often do not have marriage dates or the birthdates of all children.
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:57 PM
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263. My uncle was 13 when he married his 20 year old sweetheart
My great grandmother wouldn't let him move away from home or quit school, so the new wife had to move in with them. They got married in 1930 and stayed together for 72 years until her death. They never had any children but were extremely happy together.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 08:25 PM
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288. Exactly the same with my grandmother - she was 15 and my grandfather was 21.
Edited on Thu Feb-26-09 08:26 PM by Matariki
She had my mom when she 16. both my grandparents were wonderful people and had a long, happy relationship.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:55 AM
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2. And you didn't DIE??!!
The law in the U.S. would rather assume that children have no sexuality until they reach the age of consent, at which point they are completely informed about their options and will refrain on letting those younger than them in on the secret.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:56 AM
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3. A huge percentage of teenaged preganancy are with boys 20 or older.
There are often serious dominance and dependency issues.

Being 21 is a LOT older than being 16 in terms of finances, freedom, etc. It's a large gulf and 16 year old girls rarely have the means to have relationships as equals with boys 21 years old.

It's rarely a good idea.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:58 AM
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6. The question is not whether it is a good idea but...
whether (or at what age) it is a matter for law enforcement and the penal code.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:16 AM
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44. It is a VERY BAD IDEA for law enforcement to get involved
Not to mention the number of 16 yr old girls literally being pushed out the door by their Single Parent providers who have that "Get On with Their Own Life" mentality
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:51 PM
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86. That's the truth.
21-year-old with 16 year old is NOT borderline and should never involve police. Sex with pre-pubescent children is obviously not borderline and should. In true borderline cases law enforcement should be a last resort and only after a psychology or youth professional makes that judgement.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:55 PM
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87. I agree with that. nt
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blue cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:59 AM
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7. Exactly what happened to my 17 yo niece
She got pregnant by a 24 yo dominant ex-con who told her he couldn't get anyone pregnant. Now he is her life, neither work and live off my sister.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:20 AM
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19. Not to be rude but there is a whole host of problems there.
I am a woman and will be the first to say that if a female doesn't want to get pregnant she must remain in control of that. In fact I know a young man who got a young gold digger pregnant. She told him that she could not get pregnant. They ended up getting married and have three kids now. Go figure. The lesson here is if we don't want our children to be taken advantage of we need to teach them viable birth control. We need to lose the judgmental attitudes and listen to them. Your sister has helped to create this situation. I see not one reason why anyone has to live in her house, especially someone who does not seek employment.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:52 AM
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67. Hear, hear! OP had better use the Pill as if her life depended upon it.
Because it does.

Take the risks sweetheart if you think you must but stay smart! You've got a great life ahead of you if you avoid being tied down.

Any grown man who will date a teenager is interested in dominating her. It's part of the allure.

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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:29 AM
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190. I agree that it's a big part of the attraction.
They lie and say they think teenagers are cute and wholesome. It's the naivete that they really desire.

I think the OP may have a very different view of the relationship when she turns 21.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:29 AM
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22. We've got one of those in my extended family.
'Legal but profoundly immature' at eighteen, and her paramour was in his late twenties. The kid is cute, and disabled. The father stepped up financially (though not emotionally--he's a drinker) and they are "together' as the kids say, but the relationship is toxic, with all of those dominance and dependency issues you noted.

Of course, the teen momma (now in her twenties) in this situation is a rip roaring "I'm mature" pain in the ass who could probably benefit from counselling and medication, so it takes two to tango. She was a bright--but decidedly younger in maturity than her stated age-- girl who did very well in school, but now is relegated to taking the occasional online college course, and has missed out on the fun of college life.

Also, baby-daddy has no intention of marrying baby-momma (he has flat-out told her so, while she continues to scheme in pipe-dream fashion to attempt to rope him like a steer). Baby-momma cannot work because the kid is disabled, and is entirely dependent baby-daddy for food, shelter, sundries. It's like a fifties marriage, only without the marriage.

She knows, in her heart, that she's fucked up, but her pride won't allow her to admit the obvious, so she rumbles along in this shitty, tense relationship, bitching and lashing out at her parents for caring and worrying, and raising her disabled kid in a less-than-optimal environment with a surly drunk who won't always go outside to smoke.

I feel bad for her parents, they're good people who raised several other children who haven't been 'problem children' and who have none of these issues. There's if not always, often one, I guess. It's a dreadful mess. I only hope baby-daddy keeps his job in this economy, because I've got the biggest house and we haven't yet run out of spare room, and I sure as hell don't want to take that shit on!
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:27 PM
Response to Reply #3
81. The percentage of teenage pregnancies...
...that can be attributed to teenagers fucking approaches 100.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:57 PM
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88. MANY aren't teenagers with other teenagers. nt
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 07:48 PM
Response to Reply #88
159. I may be wrong...
...but I'd guess that the overwhelming majority are.
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jemrich008 Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 03:23 AM
Response to Reply #88
186. What happens to personal property when one goes into assisted living?
depends on where you live, in detroit, the looters get it!
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 07:45 PM
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158. Delete.
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 07:48 PM by Iggo
Wrong spot.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 12:56 AM
Response to Reply #3
182. I've met plenty of women in their 20's and older
who weren't really interested in a relationship of equals. Dominance and dependency issues are not exclusive to teenage girls.
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:20 AM
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197. Yup- I lost my daughter and she lost her future to an older boy.
He only cares about having control over her. He didn't go to college. Now she isn't going to college. She had planned to be a HS history teacher. He convinced her to run off with her 1 month before graduation. She was 17, there was nothing I could do.

She has limited contact with her father and I. She works 50-60 hours a week. He can't hold a job. he deals drugs. He is controlling and abusive.

When she turned 16 the state laws took away any control or authority I had over her- I could only keep him from trespassing on my property and block his calls.



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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:54 AM
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207. Oh, Marrah, you made me cry. I will light a candle this evening for you
and another for your daughter. :hug:
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:19 AM
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215. Thanks.
Most days I try not to think about her to much. Just waiting for the day to come were she calls and says " can I come home?". I hope I get that call before I get the one where its the hospital calling because he beat her so badly.

But the law took away my right to keep her from harms way. They allowed teenage hormones and emotions to be in control.

If I think about it too much I can't breathe.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:22 AM
Response to Reply #215
216. i am so sorry for you
and your daughter too.

:hug:
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:12 PM
Response to Reply #207
260. As will I my sister, I'm sorry your family is in such turmoil.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:15 PM
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281. If only they had invented something to prevent teen pregnancies...
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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:58 AM
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4. 16 will get you 20 just about anywhere,,,,
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:02 AM
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12. Nope. In most US states, the age of consent is 16.
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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:13 AM
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17. The age of "consent" in my house was when they could
support themselves, drive and pay for their own car, pay their own rent, and show they were thinking with something besides "hormones",,,,
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:32 AM
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52. That's fine, if you can enforce it. I'm just talking about legal issues.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:46 AM
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62. I'm curious. Did you have teenaged girls in your house?
If so, did they date at 16? If so, your "control" was ended the first time your daughter got into a boy's car. You may not have thought so, but that was the end of the time when you could "consent" to what your kid did. After that, the "consent" was up to her.

Anyone who thinks otherwise and has daughters is just fooling him/herself.
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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #62
100. You cannot rule children,, you can only teach and love and protect
them, some may call it control,, but to me it is parental responsibility, Yes I had a daughter and personally met each date she went on,, if she had of brought home someone 26yrs old home for me to meet,, he would not have survived the return drive home,,,,there are boundaries that have to be maintained,,
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:10 PM
Response to Reply #100
129. So you would have killed him? Really?
I doubt it. I really do.
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CraftyGal Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:59 PM
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176. I agree with you there....nt
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:26 AM
Response to Reply #62
202. Yup- I was one of those fools
I tried to talk to my daughter about it all the time. All she would do was get angry at me for even thinking she would "do that". She was an extremely convincing liar. I fell for it.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 05:59 PM
Response to Reply #62
268. Why just daughters? It's the same for sons, too.
Consent is still up to the parents. Yes, the kids can go behind the parents' backs, but if and when the parents find out--as they will if they are even half awake--the parents can still discipline, remove privileges, etc.

Doesn't mean the behavior will stop, since those teen hormones are mighty powerful.

But parents don't need to simply acquiesce and say, "Whatever you want."
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:23 AM
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198. Actually, Not true.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/12483-age-consensual-... /

And Michigan is wrong. The age of consent is 17.

I agree with the OP but I wanted to clarify that your comment is wrong.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 02:45 PM
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235. PA is wrong also. It is 14 here. Pervert laws, imho. n/t
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:24 AM
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199. Not in Massachusetts
The day my daughter turned 16 her scumbag older boyfriend (they lied about his age) could screw her without any worry about meddlesome parents.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:41 AM
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245. Generally, the question should be why a 21 year old male is willing
to be involved with a 16 year old girl -- and maybe even younger when he first meets her?

What is it about these males which which cause them to be interested in such young girls?

And -- often there are pregnancies which naturally quite quickly change the life direction

of the female.

There are questions here of immaturity -- certainly on the part of the young girl --

but also of the male. The girl is the most vulnerable in these relationships.



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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 05:01 PM
Response to Reply #245
265. One minor quibble...
and maybe even younger when he first meets her

The age difference would be the same anyways. :)

And since I'm here, I'll try to answer your other question, though I prefer older women myself so it's hard for me to say.

What is it about these males which cause them to be interested in such young girls?

It may be that they are lonely and the girl is one who accepts them. They could be drawn together because neither fits in elsewhere. Also, that interest quite often goes both ways. My sister's first husband was twice her age...for her she was looking for a father figure, so there can be needs on both sides that go beyond the sexual. A lot of those needs may manifest themselves in a sexual way, but that may not be the basis for the need itself.

And I think you got it right when you talk about immaturity on both sides. I think in the end though the bulk of the responsibility should be on the one who is older though.

These issues are interesting, but the sexual aspect is the least concerning to me. It being legal and consensual takes it out of the realm of it being my business. Just as our legal and consensual sex life is no one else's business. It may not be what we prefer them to do, but until the law changes we can't really say much in the way of judging either one.

Well, we can, but perhaps we shouldn't. :)
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 11:48 PM
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270. It's not the age difference between them that is paramount . . .
It's how young the girl is ---

Let's say he meets her when she is not yet 16 -- he's waiting.

Girls can seem more mature than they actually are -- ask women about their daughters!

But coming down to the main point of it, a 15 year+ old girl does not have the life

experience that a 20+ year old guy usually has had.

And since I'm here, I'll try to answer your other question, though I prefer older

wmen myself so it's hard for me to say.


Let's look at it this way -- if you were talking about a homosexual relationship --

a young boy of 15+ years meets a guy of 21. Can you better then see the ability of

the older guy to manipulate the younger one?

And, yes, I agree with you that there are many reasons why both males and females will

prefer older partners* -- but the hook that this hangs on is that we are generally talking

about someone probably just over 15 meeting someone 5 years or more older. You have to

zero in on that age, IMO, to get this. And, whatever we may imagine as the emotional

framework these relationships are always sexual. And, in many of these cases they result

in unwanted pregnancies. "Consent" is, I think, difficult to rely on here because usually

the guy will have more experience -- be more physically adept -- than the young girl will be.

I'm not necessarily talking about pressuring her into sex, but seduction of a 15+ year old

will be easier for him than dealing with a 19+ year old. Mainly, however, I think we agree.


* "Middle of the Night" comes to mind as a very moving movie -- somewhat dated to late 50's

or early 60's -- with Kim Novak and Frederic March. Very moving. And the former relationship

she is trying to leave and fight against is the one of intense sexual attraction.

Recently, I also saw "Sunset Boulevard" again and having seen it many times, I began to wonder

if the story couldn't have gone the other way -- i.e., Wm. Holden staying with Talullah Bankhead?











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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:58 AM
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5. each case is individual
There are women who are in their 20s or 30s who are more sexually naive than many teens are--and these people can be sexually exploited just as much as naive teens. It's the violation of innocence at whatever age that is wrong, I think.

What I think needs to be said is that the more sex education one has, especially on contraceptives, the less likely there will be unwanted repercussions from exploring ones sexuality (unwanted pregnancy, STDs).
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:09 AM
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213. What you think needs to be said
Really really needs to be said again and again.

Because it is the crux of the matter.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:59 AM
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8. For those interested, the age of consent in
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 10:01 AM by MineralMan
many countries and every state can be found at:

http://www.avert.org/aofconsent.htm

You'll be surprised with some of it. The majority of US states set it at 16 years old, although several have it at 18.
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 01:41 PM
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233. age differentials
many others have age differentials too

for example, my state, the absolute age of consent is 16. iow, a 16 yr old with a 40 yr old is legal

however, 15 and 14 are conditioned ages of consent. a person can have sex with a 14 yr old as long as they are within so many months of his/her age, same with 15.

i refer to this as the "prom law" :)
canada, iirc, is 14.

interestingly, even though canada is 14, it is a violation of US law to leave the country for canada with the INTENT to have sex with a 14 yr old and then commit it.

so, a US citizen who met a 14 yr old in canada and then had sex with them would not be violating US law. but if the intent was formed prior to leaving , it would be. a quirk of the law.

this is the same law they use against sex tourists who go to thailand. we have no jurisdiction over what happens in thailand, but we can prosecute people for leaving the country with the intent to have sex with 12 yr old, etc.

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:00 AM
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10. way back when I was your age
actually I had just turned 15 and my boyfriend was 19 when I first had sex. We dated for more than a year and it was a very nice normal relationship and we always used condoms. I have very fond memories of him.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:02 AM
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11. You're right
There's nothing magical that happens to a person at age 18 (or 21, if you're looking to have a beer). Our society has drawn the line, and it has to be drawn somewhere. By age 18, we figure that most young people have seen enough and learned enough of life to be responsible for their own affairs, and so the law says that you can enter into contracts, sign or witness other legal documents and so forth.

There are, of course, exceptions in both directions. I've known 14 year olds whom I'd trust with my house and my car. I've known 35 year olds who I wouldn't trust around the corner with a burnt-out match. The hyperventilating attack of the vapors by the pearl-clutching couch-fainters whenever a teenager is disclosed to have used the sexual apparatus nature has provided that person with, would be almost amusing if the consequences weren't so serious. (Consequences meaning the predictable overreaction of the fainters.)

Our trouble is that we're trying to write one set of rules that covers both the responsible 14-year-old and the irresponsible 35-year-old mentioned above. We'd move a little ways down the road to a saner society if we cut out the emotional overreactives, but they're part of society, too, for better or worse.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:03 AM
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13. Its wrong that lives are ruined when it is consensual
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:05 AM
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14. If it was legal, why are you grousing about it?
People take umbrage at those older people who FLOUT the law, even though I think your ex-boyfriend should have stuck with someone a little closer to his own age, and I think that much of an age difference is a bit creepy. However, he didn't break any laws so it's not my business.

When you're seventeen, you ALWAYS think you're "very mature for your age." You also think you're immortal, and you don't think that "you" will ever get old, fat, wrinkled, or your body will fail you in other ways.

Believe me, when you're thirty, forty, fifty or more, you'll realize how naive you were. And you won't want some twenty-one year old cretin trying to bang your sixteen year old little girl, either.

JMO.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:53 AM
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28. Similar thoughts here.
I haven't met too many 16 year-olds that thought they weren't mature for their age, in their humble opinions.

One consideration: If a teen is in an illegal relationship with an older man because they know they are mature enough for it, they are missing the point that responsible consideration of risks and consequences - both to oneself and maybe especially to others - is a key characteristic of maturity, so they've already failed that test.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:58 AM
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31. I haven't met too many 16 year-olds that thought they weren't mature for their age
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 10:59 AM by seabeyond
lol lol. isnt that the truth. me included. and this revelation comes years later, lol. for real. and your post is right on.
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:05 AM
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33. Makes sense.
However, it was perfectly legal where I live.

Plus, I know a lot of teenagers wank about how mature they are. But, I don't know - I have pretty good self-knowledge, and I feel like I'm mature? People have told me I'm mature? What else can I say? :shrug:
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:46 AM
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63. Yes, I read that in the OP
"it was perfectly legal where I live."

That's why I specified "illegal" in my post. I didn't read whatever story this post was in response to, if any.

If you are trying to equate your decision to have legal sex, though, to someone else's decision to put their partner at risk for jail and life-long classification as a sex offender - and trying to imply that their decision to do so was potentially based on how mature they were - that's a nonstarter. The decision to put a person you care about in that position is, by definition, immature.

Side note: While it's a nice compliment for people to say you are mature, I'm sure you are mature in some ways and immature in others - just like the rest of us. You'd be a freak of nature if you were all one or all the other.
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Threedifferentones Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:44 PM
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84. So since the law says the sex is wrong, the people are immature
If the law said the sex were okay, they MIGHT be mature...

Either way I think we can agree it's alot creepier for a 55 year old to date a 19 year old than 21 and 16. What's even clearer is that these laws are causing more harm than good, sexuality is too complex for black and white cut-off dates. This shit should be left up to individuals and families, until it becomes clear that exploitation is involved.
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Left coast liberal Donating Member (889 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 01:36 PM
Response to Reply #33
231. You may feel different when it is your daughter.
I was 19 and was going out with a 32 year old. Because I was so darn mature. But, now all I think about was what a looser he was to want to go out with an 18 year old.

It's all how you look at it and it will look different down the road.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 05:55 PM
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267. Things ALWAYS look different down the road.
Especially once one is out of high school.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:06 AM
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35. Don't you get it? SHE HAD SEX! SHE HAD SEX! SHE HAD SEX!!!
:rofl:
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:49 AM
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66. With the lights on, potentially in something besides the missionary
position.

For this being the 'land of the free' - we sure have a lot of cultural hangups about anyone having sex (or even showing nudity). Anyone know what the laws are in countries who don't have all our issues?
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 10:01 AM
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279. for a nation obsessed with the "image" of sex, we sure are puritanical,
aren't we?

It's bizarre.



When I was in high school, juniors and seniors often "dated" college guys. It's nothing new. It really depends on the maturity of the folks involved, and often females are 2 years ahead of their same age male peers in social awareness and general maturity... That being said, it's up to parents to set the limits that make sense to them, discuss the situation and risks of sexuality and make sure kids who are sexually active use birth control.


In Europe I have friends who tell me that teens often have their first sexual relationships in their home bedrooms, and it's perfectly acceptable in the culture...

:shrug:
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:07 PM
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73. Oh, heavens me! So THAT's what makes one mature? Who knew?
Never mind that whole 'decision making and consequences' routine, never mind doing things like planning for your future, holding a job and saving for future goals, studying to get a leg up and create opportunities for yourself...it's not getting a leg up, it's getting a leg OVER (to use the Brit term) that makes one an adult...!

Don't stay in school, kids...do some fucking instead! And the older your partner, the more mature you'll be!!!

Like I said...who knew?
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:21 PM
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132. Haha, the two aren't mutually exculsive.
I'm going into university next year for Public Affairs/Human Rights. On a fairly substantial scholarship. I maintain an A average and am involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school.

And, guess what? I've been sexually active.

And I don't think I'm an anomaly either.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:46 PM
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243. You seem excessively proud of yourself. That's hardly a hallmark of a mature person, FWIW.
No one particularly cares if you've been sexually active, dear. Except perhaps you. The fact that you have a need to boast about your activities and start threads soliciting the opinions of complete strangers about your relationship with someone far older than you is suggestive of the opposite of maturity, though.

You do whatever you'd like, it's a free country. Do use protection, though--and not just birth control. There's a lot of STDs out there.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:25 PM
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283. Don't belittle her like that. I think she's a lot more mature than you.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 07:58 PM
Response to Reply #283
286. That and a few dollars will buy you a cup of coffee.
FWIW, I am not "belittling" her. I am giving her my honest opinion. Mature people generally don't feel the need to boast about their sexual activity to complete strangers on a political message board.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 08:17 PM
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287. And even more belitteling...
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 09:06 PM
Response to Reply #287
290. If you really want some of that (which I haven't been doing), I'll oblige you.
Spell check is your friend.

Belittling, not belitteling.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belittling

Have a nice day.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 08:43 PM
Response to Reply #290
295. And it just goes on and on... Well, if you need that to make you feel superior...
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:30 AM
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48. What age person do you prefer to have "bang" your 16-year-old "little girl"?
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 11:31 AM by Heidi
I ask in all sincerity.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:59 AM
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72. Someone of her same age--not an adult male who has reached the age of majority
and can frequent bars and purchase alcohol, and who, by trolling for naive "I think I'm sophisticated" high school sophmores, is either emotionally delayed or a pervert.

In all sincerity.
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wolfgangmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:23 PM
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101. 85
With lots of money and a heart condition.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:21 PM
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140. You would want to wait until she's 18 then.
16 year olds can't sign legal contracts, so the rich old man's lawyers would have a field day with that one.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:07 AM
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212. Perfect, MADem.
I was thinking of saying something similar. It is amazing how convinced we are of our perfectly superior judgment when we are 16. It was not until around forty that I realized how utterly foolish I was at 16,20 and 30. Now approaching 60 I understand that my perceptions at 40 were also flawed. I guess this is just the human condition.
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mimitabby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:48 AM
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227. sorry had to repeat it! GReAT post JMO!
JMO said: People take umbrage at those older people who FLOUT the law, even though I think your ex-boyfriend should have stuck with someone a little closer to his own age, and I think that much of an age difference is a bit creepy. However, he didn't break any laws so it's not my business.

When you're seventeen, you ALWAYS think you're "very mature for your age." You also think you're immortal, and you don't think that "you" will ever get old, fat, wrinkled, or your body will fail you in other ways.

Believe me, when you're thirty, forty, fifty or more, you'll realize how naive you were. And you won't want some twenty-one year old cretin trying to bang your sixteen year old little girl, either."
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 12:07 PM
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229. Relatively speaking, I was more mature than some.. wise, I knew I was not..
but if it isn't for youth and fun, when can we have it.. I certainly can't get into positions I could when I was in college... LOL.. so, sometimes we have to realize that we become wise by trying, getting burned, having a hang over: getting screwed over, screwed up, and screwed. I just wish society allowed for more screw-ups...
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:08 AM
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15. Some mature adults are in desperate need of sexual education.
Ignorance is no excuse.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:09 AM
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16. Congrats on being mature enough to discuss this
in an "adult" manner. <tongue firmly in cheek> Maturity has NOTHING to do with age. Each individual is different. Its a shame that many don't understand this. I wish you well.
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:20 AM
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18. I was 17 and dated a 23yr old with an apt and access to beer, pot, and cigs.
My parents knew where I was and that I stayed over there on non-school nights. Then I went off to college. The whole time we dated, we didn't have sex.... mainly because I was going off to college... but everything else was game-on, and I think he liked the challenge.. I eventually did sleep with him when I came home the following year during summer break... No one twisted my arm, I knew what I was doing. AND I was the one with the power.. since I controlled how far he got, ever. AND most of my college days were spent being a player.. I had one serious boyfriend and it messed with my grades... I liked to keep the options open and date as many as I could. When I graduated, I met my future husband.. and no, I don't lead him around by the nose... but it was fun having the power... Men think they are the only one's who can play, ha.. nope.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:22 AM
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20. Regardless, Your Boyfriend Had Some Serious Issues And Was A Creep.
Any 21 yr old who would have a genuine interest in a 16 yr old is creepy and full of personal issues. It's a bit disgusting.
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:36 AM
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24. Broad brush much?
Really.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:30 AM
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49. Such A Thing Can Be Painted With A Broad Brush.
A 21 yr old having serious desire for a 16 yr old is disgusting and creepy; and definitely a sign of mental and personal issues on the part of the 21 year old. The 21 yr old was obviously quite mentally immature.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:12 PM
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74. I have to say I have that sense as well.
There's something very odd about a guy who can go to a club, or even a college campus, and find someone "age appropriate" skulking around the sophmore class of a high school--almost like a need to be perceived as 'cool,' and odds are pretty good the guy was regarded as a dork or worse by his own peer group.

These kids think these relationships are special and new....they've been going on ever since the dawn of time, and certainly since the first high school was built.
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:23 PM
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133. I was a high school senior for most of it, for one thing.
For another, we met at a group for LGBT youth (we're both bi), and I was definitely one of the younger ones in that group, so it wasn't like he was seeking out someone younger. Also, I was the first person younger than him who he'd dated - he'd only dated people his age or older before. Sometimes people just click with each other.

I'm not saying that what you described is never true, just that I don't think it was in my case.
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Smith_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 02:58 AM
Response to Reply #133
183. Hey, don't worry, some people here just have a disturbed attitude towards sex in general.
Nothing wrong with what you and the guy did.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:40 AM
Response to Reply #183
192. boy are you ever wrong
so, where exactly does having sex with minors become a crime? You tell me then.

When she is 16?
When she is 15?
When she is 14?
When she is 13?
When she is 12?
When she is 11?
When she is 10?
When she is 9?
When she is 8?
When she is 7?
When she is 6?
When she is 5?
When she is 4?
When she is 3?
When she is 2?
When she is 1?

Go ahead, please pick an age out for all of us. Maybe a two year old should legally fuck her daddy because she has "feelings" for him?
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Smith_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:52 AM
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193. Yeah, because a two year old "fucking her daddy" is the exact same thing as the OP described.
:crazy:

Actually I think drawing a line somewhere around 15-16 is pretty reasonable.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:33 AM
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217. Well then, 16 is when the O.P. was screwing the old guy
He was at risk of going to jail.

Your point is?
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Smith_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:55 AM
Response to Reply #217
221. That individual cases vary.
And that I don't think it is generally wrong for 20 year old and 16 year old to date. Many 16 year old girls are not interested in guys the same age because of the guys lack of maturity.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:11 PM
Response to Reply #221
237. How about all these individual cases?
Monday, February 23, 2009
FBI, police bust child prostitution ring

The FBI along with local police rescued 48 teenage prostitutes, some as young as 13, in a nationwide sweep to remove kids from the illegal sex trade and punish the pimps.

Over a three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country, FBI agents working with local law enforcement arrested 50 pimps.

The teenage prostitutes found in the investigation ranged from 13 to 17.

Historically, federal authorities rarely play a role in prostitution investigations, but the FBI is becoming more involved as it tries to rescue children in the business.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these kids are deemed 'throwaway kids' with no family support and no friends. They're kids that nobody wants, they're loners. Many are runaways," said FBI Deputy Assistant Director Daniel Roberts.

~snip~

The weekend's roundup marked the third such Operation Cross Country, and is part of a broader federal program launched in 2003 to crack down on the sexual exploitation of children.

List of cities where the FBI and local police conducted Operation Cross Country last weekend to rescue children from a life of prostitution and arrest their pimps.
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Smith_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 01:54 AM
Response to Reply #237
251. What about them? Just because rape exists, it doesn't mean that all sex is rape.
So you are the kind of person who would bring up a case like the one you presented to justify locking a 15 year old boy into prison that invited a 14 year old girl to a movie theater? If you cannot distinguish between the normal behavior of teenagers, including the often present desire to date older people, and stuff like prostitution rings and child rape, I think you are the one with issues.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:11 PM
Response to Reply #221
238. How about all these individual cases?
Monday, February 23, 2009
FBI, police bust child prostitution ring

The FBI along with local police rescued 48 teenage prostitutes, some as young as 13, in a nationwide sweep to remove kids from the illegal sex trade and punish the pimps.

Over a three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country, FBI agents working with local law enforcement arrested 50 pimps.

The teenage prostitutes found in the investigation ranged from 13 to 17.

Historically, federal authorities rarely play a role in prostitution investigations, but the FBI is becoming more involved as it tries to rescue children in the business.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these kids are deemed 'throwaway kids' with no family support and no friends. They're kids that nobody wants, they're loners. Many are runaways," said FBI Deputy Assistant Director Daniel Roberts.

~snip~

The weekend's roundup marked the third such Operation Cross Country, and is part of a broader federal program launched in 2003 to crack down on the sexual exploitation of children.

List of cities where the FBI and local police conducted Operation Cross Country last weekend to rescue children from a life of prostitution and arrest their pimps.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:34 PM
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239. doesnt it make you sick. adults creating a market to feed off our children
then demand our children should make the decisions themselves since they are sexual beings too.

we have our adults that play with our teens on the net as teens explore their sexually which is as nature precludes, but in the past adults stayed out of the play, now adults have a playground. a poster on another thread says at 30 he is seeing young girls more interested in him now than when he was a teen. again, in the past the men were aware this is what our young did in their sexual exploration for validation and affirmation of their sexuality. that it isnt about the 30 yr old male at all. it is all for the girl. yet today our males seem to be clueless and thinks it means play. before men knew it was hands off, kid... just a kid, not about him

the FBI thread gets few to no hits because it is the other side of all this. this thread, the thread of a 15 yr old girl putting naked picture on net for a stranger, 27 yr old male is all innocent, good, her right and what is wrong with that. that thread gets lots of attention. the FBI thread where we actually see the consequences and problems are ignored.

a little further in hte FBI thread a poster tells about msnbc doing a show on the predators luring in youth, kidnapping and selling into sex trade, right here in the u.s. why isnt there the anger the market is there. why isnt there anger that our youth are being preyed on.... i am just beyond pissed

but as long as our very "mature" 13, 14, 15, 16 yr olds have no restrictions on their sexuality or responsibility in it, then i guess us adults have no restriction or responsibility either.


beyond angry
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bobbert Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:11 AM
Response to Reply #74
223. Exactly. The first question I feel always need to asked
to any potential partner is 'why don't you currently have a boy/girlfriend?' You really need to figure out why, if you're lucky it's because their standards are higher than their previous partner and it's actually true. There are a lot of crazy people out there, both male and female. He has to have some kind of problem if at 21 it's that difficult to find a single 19-23 year old girl.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:59 AM
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:13 PM
Response to Reply #24
162. Don't mind OMC.
He's as deep as a puddle, and seems pretty incapable of anything but bluster. Like Bush, he's convinced of his greatness, and, like Bush, he's really just a joke.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:40 PM
Response to Reply #162
175. You're Projecting Again.
You seem to be guilty of that quite a bit. :hi:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:13 PM
Response to Reply #175
178. Truth hurts.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:12 AM
Response to Reply #178
196. I see my favorite poster, "ignored" is at it again
You know, last year I cleared out my "ignored" list. I quickly put this one back on.

He really has nothing to add to any discussion.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:28 AM
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226. He's a self-inflated chump.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 08:31 AM
Response to Reply #162
275. oh shit!!
:rofl: :spray: :rofl: :spray: :rofl: :spray: :rofl: :spray: :rofl: :spray: :rofl: :spray:
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:48 AM
Response to Reply #20
27. Right. Because all 16-year-olds and 21-year-olds are exactly alike.
I'm 41. My last girlfriend was 48. My present girlfriend is 23.

I obviously had/have no genuine interest in either of them.

:eyes:
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:31 AM
Response to Reply #27
50. So Based On Your Quite Simple Logic, A 12 Yr Old And 17 Yr Old Are Ok Too Huh?
:eyes:
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:58 PM
Response to Reply #50
155. Id ask if you were serious...but I know you are...unless you're just consantly drunk.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #155
160. "Constantly drunk" is giving too much credit
He thinks he's cute and provocative. Lots of kids go through that stage. He might grow out of it someday.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:40 PM
Response to Reply #160
174. Yes, Yes Genius. It's Provocative To Point Out That A 21 Yr Old Seriously Persuing A 16 Yr Old Has
some serious and disgusting issues.

:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:
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Smith_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 03:00 AM
Response to Reply #174
184. Have you ever gotten laid? Cause you talk like someone who hasn't but finds it necessary to put
others down who have :crazy:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:14 PM
Response to Reply #155
163. Nah...constantly stupid.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:52 AM
Response to Reply #50
220. So you can then present us with a...
So you can then present us with a precise and relevant list of "age appropriate" relationships, citing mores, laws, and tradition... or is all this simply a "gut" feeling?
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:09 AM
Response to Reply #20
38. It's easy to imagine that same kind of dismissive attitude towards gays...
...just insist that sexual desire for someone of the same gender "creepy", that it shows someone "has problems", and be done with it.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:36 AM
Response to Reply #20
56. Oh? Really?
I'm willing to bet that most 21 year old men would have an interest in a willing 16 year old girl. If that weren't the case, this question would never have come up.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:48 AM
Response to Reply #20
64. What do you mean by "genuine"? (nt)
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:19 PM
Response to Reply #20
77. I don't know about that...
My mother was 17 when she married my 21 yr old Dad. She was engaged to him since she was 14. My Dad was in no way a creep, but a hard working, gentle man.
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uberllama42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:20 PM
Response to Reply #20
78. Thankfully, never have I met IRL someone with such an aggressive need
to judge people as you seem to have. All I ever read from you are needlessly abrasive comments based on far too little information.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:27 PM
Response to Reply #78
80. Seconded.
His blanket disgust and rejection of any opposing view of this subject smells to me of someone trying to hard to cover up their innermost private thoughts... but then again that's just his general posting style here. I'm always a little suspicious of his hard-line conservative moral outrage of generally accepted topics of ambiguous, debatable morality. He is entitled to his opinion, of course - but I tend to dismiss his commentary on most threads based on its typical insensitive, trollbaitish tone. Some people crave attention, whether positive or negative.
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mudesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:27 PM
Response to Reply #78
142. But He's Almost Always Right
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 01:35 AM
Response to Reply #142
250. true that
It seems to be his style of "cut out the politeness and bullshit and call it as I see it" is what most people have a problem with. He can certainly be annoying, but he is most often right. I confess I like the style... politeness and bullshit is tiresome and a waste of time.



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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 04:41 AM
Response to Reply #250
253. I think the poster was being sarcastic. n/t
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 07:34 AM
Response to Reply #253
254. Maybe, maybe not
Rather difficult to tell without some indication of sarcasm isn't it?



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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:41 PM
Response to Reply #78
171. Very well said. nm
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:41 PM
Response to Reply #20
117. Many 16 year olds PASS for 21.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:09 PM
Response to Reply #117
128. He Knew She Was 16.
Try again...
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:01 PM
Response to Reply #20
125. Such an opinion indicates YOU have issues.
(To everybody else: Yeah, I know, that and 873,252,765,050,982,365,265 other things. Bear with me.)
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:10 PM
Response to Reply #125
130. No. Such An Opinion Makes Me Rational And Mentally Healthy.
Always amazing how there are those on DU that will defend everything. It's kinda pathetic.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:26 PM
Response to Reply #130
148. I don't defend everything.
For example, judgmental holier-than-thou arrogance. For that, I have little tolerance.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:28 PM
Response to Reply #20
144. I agree. n/t
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 07:10 PM
Response to Reply #20
156. Even by DU standards, a deeply moronic comment.
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 07:11 PM by Kurt_and_Hunter
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:38 PM
Response to Reply #156
173. By What YOU Consider To Be DU Standards,
Every intelligent comment is a deeply moronic one.

Out in the real world, you'll find that it is the individuals inside their hollow little bubble here that are guilty of things deeply moronic. :hi:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:15 PM
Response to Reply #20
164. You have to be the most simplistic person on DU.
I don't even think it's close, and that's saying something. You make dumb people look intelligent and deep.
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:37 PM
Response to Reply #164
172. So You Condone This Huh...
Pretty disgusting and embarrassing for you. And hey... here's a hint: You have to be of significant intellect prior to being able to judge others level of intellect. If you're not, then declarations of who is or isn't dumb, intelligent or deep just make one look completely foolish (cough cough).
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:19 PM
Response to Reply #172
180. You should have that cold checked.
Right after you figure out how to make a point without Republican-like strawmen arguments.

It was legal and consensual. The rest is their business, not yours. How's YOUR sex life these days? Inquiring minds want to know so we can judge your LEGAL bedroom antics like you're doing here.

And you lecturing anyone on intellect is like Bugs Bunny telling us to act mature.

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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 02:05 AM
Response to Reply #180
252. Oh, knock it off!
You really think that questioning his own sex life is even in the same universe as an example of maturity and smarts??? Stop making yourself look the fool just because you find him annoying. You already couldn't dig yourself any deeper if someone threw you a shovel. And you complain about a strawman arguement! You lowered yourself to THIS in order to avoid the issue. Way to go making yourself look about as intelligent as a box of rocks and about as mature as a squaling infant with a dirty diaper.

Why would it even cross your mind to wonder what he's doing with his own dick? That's pretty sick unless you're interested in playing with it yourself. I'd ride him like a pony and have a great time doing it even if he was hung like a tuna can. There. Happy now? Or can we expect some more insulting strawman bullshit about his sex life while you turn your inquiring mind on mine for more avoidance of the actual issue, all because you just don't like him or his posting style, or... something.

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 02:45 PM
Response to Reply #252
256. Don't be a fucking schmuck.
Edited on Tue Feb-24-09 02:49 PM by Forkboy
If OMC can snick his nose and pass judgment on two people who are DOING SOMETHING LEGAL (you can comprehend that legal bit, right?) then we should be able to judge THE LEGAL ACTIONS of OMC's sex life. Why is right for him to pass judgments on people's sex lives, but not us? Are you a flaming hypocrite as well? Don't take it on me because you're too dense to see the point of me asking.

I'd ride him like a pony and have a great time doing it even if he was hung like a tuna can.

You seem more fascinated with his dick than I. Whens the date between you two?
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 08:33 AM
Response to Reply #252
276. "I'd ride him like a pony and have a great time doing it even if he was hung like a tuna can." what.
the.
fuck.

get help, please.

{shudder}

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:27 AM
Response to Reply #172
225. Kick for OMC, who apparently doesn't condone legal behavior.
What is it about the legal actions of two people that bother you so?

Can't wait to see your stick up the ass answer.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 06:00 PM
Response to Reply #225
269. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's moral, ethical or smart.
Do you condone EVERY legal behavior?
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:25 AM
Response to Reply #164
201. I really believe it's all part of an act, Forkboy.
A ridiculous, attention getting act. Very sad.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:24 AM
Response to Reply #20
200. Cut it out already, okay?
It's getting rather tedious.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:26 PM
Response to Reply #20
284. Thank you for this interesting contribution, Dr. Freud!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:25 AM
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21. my 17 yr old niece dated a 29 yr old man. he got her preg, purposely
as a means of binding her. he is needy, and controlling, and anger issues, low self esteem and he needs youth to be able to dominate. when i met him, being much older, female and not about to put up with his shit, you could see him just wither (i liked him well enough). when niece eventually decided she couldnt marry him, in his dominence and he eventually quit stalking and harrassing her, he found another kid. he cannot interact with a woman his age.

my 48 yr old brother (nieces father) is living with an 18 yr old. not cause he necessarily wants an 18 yr old, but cause a 40 yr old wouldnt put up with his shit. nor a 30 yr old or woman in her twenties. so he is left with inexperience so he can.... hey, dominate.

both situations are sad, and i have empathy for the males because in their overt abuse or taking advantage, i know it is cause of how they see themselves.

that is why there are laws that protect. i dont have much of an hard line opinion. pretty much go with what society says.

i asked hubby about it. his view was, and how he has always lived this piece of life is, whatever age illegal, means NO. period. no if ands or buts.... meaning, dont even go there.

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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:35 AM
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23. You were "jail bait"
You are not now in most states, but in many places across america, you were "jail bait"

It does not matter what your feelings were or his either for that matter. It only matters what the feelings of your legal guardan are, and the feelings of the prosecuting attorney.

You could have sent that poor man to prison for a very long time
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:06 AM
Response to Reply #23
36. So which way around does it go...
Is it wrong simply because there are laws against it, or are there laws against it because it's wrong?

There are plenty of laws on the books that make homosexual activity between consenting adults illegal -- essential invalidated by court decisions now, but still there and at one time in effect. The same thing goes for many sex acts between consenting heterosexual adults.

Was it wrong for gay men to have sex with each other back when it was against the law, and those laws were occasionally enforced, because each should have said "no" rather than risk their partner getting in trouble?
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:11 AM
Response to Reply #36
40. well, it only depends on what is prosecuted
Like I said .... It does not matter what the girl's feelings are, or what the feelings of her boyfriend are. The only thing that matters is what the feelings of her legal guardian are, or the feelings of the prosecuting attorney.

A parent could pressure the prosecutor to arrest, and he could also do it without the parents blessing.

Either way, the fella is going to jail and his life will be ruined.

She is jail bait. Plain and simple
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:33 AM
Response to Reply #40
53. My point is that feelings do matter...
...and people sometimes disobey the law, and take the risks of the consequences, because they don't think they should have to bow down to intrusions others try to make into their private lives.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:58 PM
Response to Reply #53
89. your feelings will put someone into prison for a very very long time
furthermore, he will live with the un-ending stigma of being a sex offender regardless of your feelings. By the time he gets out of prison, you will have married someone else, had three children, and been divorced.

Pretty selfish of you to do that to someone else just because you cannot control your own body isn't it?
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #89
121. So, I ask you, is that how gay people should have acted...
...back when homosexual sex was illegal in many states, when that was enough to get you the label of "sex offender", gays were being "selfish" if they couldn't "control their own bodies" and abide by the law?
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musicblind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 03:16 AM
Response to Reply #121
185. He won't answer because he knows he's wrong. n/t
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:13 AM
Response to Reply #185
189. Wrong about what? That minor women are "Jail Bait"?
You obviously have no idea how many good men have gone to prison for statutory rape. It makes absolutely no difference if the minor female has good "feelings" for her adult boyfriend.

Any minor female who behaves like that should be avoided. She is "JAIL BAIT"
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:09 AM
Response to Reply #121
188. We are not talking about that
Maybe I should change the subject to the cheese on the moon.

We are discussing minor females having sex with adult males.
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 06:52 AM
Response to Reply #188
195. You're trying to make the argument that legal consequences...
...should dictate behavior, because people with feelings for each other shouldn't do anything that would get the other person in trouble with the law.

If you won't apply that reasoning to gay people in love, but do apply it when the ages of 16 and 21 are involved, then bringing up the legal consequences is a specious argument -- you simply object to one type of relationship, and don't object to the other, and you only bring up the consequences of the law for the type of relationship that bothers you.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:33 PM
Response to Reply #23
82. Bingo - wait until you are 18 or your boyfriend over 4 years older
is at risk with the law.

He should have known it, too.

Maybe the forbidden nature makes it more exciting for some?
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #23
136. No, she was not jail bait.
She explained that in the OP. 16 is the age of consent in the majority of states, and in Canada. No illegal acts were done at all.

Not all 16 year olds should have sex. For some, it's quite alright, IMO. Certainly, plenty do have sex at that age, and even younger.

What you are saying, though, is simply incorrect. In the jurisdiction she was in, she was of legal age to give consent to sexual activity. Nobody's going to jail.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:29 PM
Response to Reply #136
150. That little, unquestionable fact sends the prudes reeling of rage, innit?
A sight to behold.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:34 PM
Response to Reply #23
285. Bullshit.
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chrisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:40 AM
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25. I think that we can all agree that.
It matters about the motive. There was love there, so I don't see how there could be a problem with it. On the other hand, there's creeps who only think about having sex with teenagers because it's a fetish. Yuck.

Plus, I think most pedophiles are angry and controlling, and go after prepubescent to preteens.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:45 AM
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26. teenage girls are often more mature than teen boys thus the attraction to older males..
...that's part of it, anyway.

And the gap in maturity between the sexes (emotional maturity) never closes, generally speaking.

I only hope you practice(d) safe sex and used some BC.

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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:57 AM
Response to Original message
29. With all due respect, when you're 30...
... you might find that you were not as mature at 16 as you now think you are.

I don't have any one-size-fits all answers. I've been married 25 years to a woman whom I started dating when we were 15 and 18.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:13 AM
Original message
Now this one deserves respect and congratulations.
It's so damn rare in this day and age to see a nice long term married couple, irrespective if it's high school sweethearts or shorter. I'm not a conservative by any means...since my family has turned me off to marriage. But I appreciate it when I see a nice example of a married couple (I don't care about sexual orientation---my best is getting up there...they haven't been married but they've been together for over 15 years (gay couple)). ^_^
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:16 AM
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45. that being said
i wanted to pop in and give you another. 15 yrs. we were older when we got married, he 28, me 32. but marriage has been really good adn incredibly easy. i had no desire to be married either, my family having turned me off too. but doesnt have to be that way....

just to share.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:34 AM
Response to Reply #45
54. Oh thanks...
I'm hoping so...I haven't met anyone though. Congrats on 15 years, gosh I'm moved by the people on this site. I hope you guys have many more...not limiting it in anyway to just 15. I love hearing this great part of marriage. Through trials and tribulations, everyone sticks it out since they don't see it as something lazy. I'm inspired (I love the sanctity of committed marriages and relationships).
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:37 AM
Response to Reply #54
57. that is the thing
i hear ya. i too CRAVE to hear people that are actually happy in marriage. we hear and see and so loud all the horrors, but the people that have it good are busy enjoying it so you dont hear from them as much.

i agree.

the best to you. all in good time. i certainly waited until i found someone i could spend at least a weekend with and i didnt want to get away from, lol. i was very particular. and worked for us. i didnt mind being alone so that helped
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:40 AM
Response to Reply #57
59. HI-FIVE!!! Me too. Hopefully it will be the same for me.
Definitely happy for you. And you have a 15 year old daughter. More love!!! ^_^
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:48 AM
Response to Reply #59
65. right back atcha.
i have an almost 14 yr old son and 11 yr old son. i hand resigned self that i would have family. i am thrilled to be able to have family. agAIN, i could have lived either life and been happy, but i am thrilled to be where i am and able to experience what i am.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:50 AM
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247. Right . . . and I think we have only to look at Romeo and Juliette to see
that 16 is the magic number -- and IMO those relationships can have everlasting magic ---

but not 16 and 21 -- that leaves one partner too vulnerable.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 10:57 AM
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30. Well,
As someone whose former spouse is 6 1/2 years younger than me, I can tell you all about what it's like being judged by people who only saw our age difference and not our love and caring for each other. She of course was the stereotypical naive, troubled jail bait, and I was the stereotypical manipulative, perverted sex offender-pedophile. Some people focus so much on the sexual aspect of a relationship and not on the love, friendship and companionship aspects which truly defined us. We made each other happy and we learned a lot together. Enough so to get married and spend the better part of 11 years together.

Eventually, we did part ways, and surprisingly not because I felt she was getting too old and needed to find younger prey. It was actually more a practical decision, since we eventually found ourselves in different phases of life, me at 31 wanting to buy a home, settle down and start a family, and her wanting to go out late and party and drink, as any lively 24 year old might want. This is an oversimplification of why we are no longer together, but it was a major contributer.

Nowadays, I am being 'manipulated' by more mature woman, one who is three years older than me but who clearly has a cradle-robbing younger-guy fetish thing going on. At least some people might think so, as all they can see is age and not the emotional and intellectual level people can connect on.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:04 AM
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32. i think, (and i put that cause only opinion) that younger you are spread more significant and
that 3 years is "your age" especially as you age and there is not an age spread between your current woman and you.

my hubby is 3 and half years younger than me, and we consider our selves same age.

whereas when you are younger a 6 an half year age spread is much more significant as in, you mature and want different things. lol

you kinda confirm the whole thinking of this age difference, relationship thing. lol

but i am not judging, nor caring your two relationships. just found your info interesting. neither is none of my business.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:20 AM
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46. You get it.
In my first relationship, I more or less took over the 'protector' role of her father, as she was transitioning into adult life. I made her feel secure, and she was very caring and supportive and provided me with mature and fun companionship. As we progressed through life and she gained more life experience and confidence, she mostly outgrew the 'need' for a protector, and began to feel regret about being 'tied down' so young without having the opportunity and excitement of being single and 'free' as a young adult. It's hard to really argue with that.

Ironically, though she was much younger than me, she took on the more 'dominant' role in the relationship, and in a way I learned from her, since in my new relationship I am now the 'dominant' half. But I'm getting off track here...

Bottom line is, looking beyond the titillating sexual fantasy image of a relationship with between a younger girl and older man, and you will find there are very real challenges that are difficult to work through. Having been there, I see significant age differences as much more of a negative than positive factor, from a practical and emotional standpoint.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:24 AM
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47. lessons learned....
:hug:
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jmg257 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:12 AM
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224. Hmmm...OK - so she was 13 and you were 20 when you started seeing each other??
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 11:12 AM by jmg257
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:56 AM
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228. I can see how you would think so
from the sample math :) Actually she was 16.5, I was 23. We didn't end our relationship at 24 and 31, that was about the time when the age difference began affecting the relationship from a 'stage of life' standpoint. It was at that point our relationship began to strain, and a few years later we decided to part ways amicably. She's currently 27 11/12ths, I'm 34 5/12ths :)
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jmg257 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 01:08 PM
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230. Whew - OK! :)
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bottomtheweaver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:06 AM
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34. This thread needs pictures.
Just kidding. Thanks for your insights, you have bright future! :hi:
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:06 AM
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37. When I was 17 I was living with a 24 year old
except I'm MALE so there fore "No Harm - No Foul"
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:11 AM
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39. Legal or not I don't care. I knew 13 year old who gave it up 24 year olds.
He didn't know since she passed herself as older and got away with it.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:13 AM
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41. i never buy that one. really, i didnt know she was 13, looked much older....
my kid is 14, i am around lots and lots at that age. yes, they do too look too young. rollin eyes. lol

now, i am not saying this for argument sake and not gonna argue. i dont believe it.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:37 AM
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58. You could be right. That's what she told me.
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 11:38 AM by vaberella
I'm 28 but have been confused for 15 or 16. However, one of my mates who was 5 years younger at the time was thought to be 3 years older than me. I was 21 at that age. Some girls do look much older than they are. I mean from what I gathered, it wasn't like they had indepth conversations it was more of what she called a "one night stand". I don't get girls. ~sigh~ Keeping in mind that I am one (I'm still too busy with watching cartoons or reading my fave Sweet Valley High book to be interested in these extracurricular activity).
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:11 PM
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95. Most girls can't pull it off, but a few can.
I've personally got TWO stories like that. When I was 17, I met a girl who claimed to be 16. It turned out that she was 13.

When I was 16, I dated and had sex with a girl who claimed to be 15. She turned out to be 12.

In both cases, both girls looked to be the age they claimed. In the case of the second, she certainly looked to be a "young" 15, but she hung around older girls and convinced them to lie about her age. When she says she's 15, and both her sister and friends say she's 15, there isn't much room to question the claim. It was a slip of conversation after we'd been seeing each other a few weeks that set me off...the sister was 15 also and mentioned that her birthday was in January in a conversation. I already knew that my "girlfriends" birthday was in March. I went from zero to freaking out in two seconds and went off on the sister...she confessed that her younger sister was only 12 after a minute or two of berating. I can't describe how shitty I felt at that moment.

It does happen, and it's not always because the guy just wants to get it on with a young kid. Not ALL girls can pull it off, but some do. My own daughter, at 12, looked like she was about 8. At 15, she still looks like a 13 year old, so I'd NEVER buy that argument from a guy about her. Most of her friends look their ages, but she has a couple of 14 and 15 year old friends who could pass for 18 easily. She also told us recently that one of her 16 year old friends has been passing herself off as a college student and was seeing a 25 year old guy. I questioned that one until she showed me a pic on her cellphone of the girl and a couple friends as they were going out. If you met her and she claimed to be 19, you'd NEVER question it.

To my daughters credit, she thinks her friend is an idiot.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:20 PM
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99. interesting stories
thanks for sharing.

at 17... this is the high age and certainly 15 you are not as well equipped to figure out a 13 yr old as a 24 yr old would be able to. that is a lot more than you (at that age) of experiencing the women his age and being able to see the difference not only in the facial changes (physical), youth to puberty (as you see with daughter) but also with mentality and experience.

but i love hearing you talk about your daughter and what she is experiencing. i am raising sons, and in todays day and age.... oh lordy give me boys, lol. nah. maybe, i would do ok with girls, but thinking i would really fuck them up, probably a good thing i had boys.

thanks....
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:23 PM
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102. Your horror story
Reminded me of the awkward moment when I handed my then girlfriend a birthday card in front of her mother that had "Happy 17th birthday" on the front...I couldn't figure out why she turned pale and her mother had a perplexed look on her face until later that day when she spoke to me in private regarding her birth year.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:25 PM
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104. lol lol. how old was she? n/t
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:30 PM
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107. A year younger
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 01:36 PM by City of Mills
Not a huge difference, but it became pretty obvious she had lied about her age to me so as to not 'scare me off'. Funny thing is, her mom was in on our age difference (though at the time she thought we were a year closer together than we turned out to be) and had been lying to my girlfriend's dad about my age, making me out to be younger! The early days of our relationship were certainly dicey, it was glad when we were both in our 20s, at least!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:36 PM
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114. ya.... getting into 20's and past it. n/t
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:09 PM
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241. I did. It was mostly a matter of clothes. I developed early, and when I was
wearing my oldest sister's hand-me-downs (she was 18), I got wolf whistles at age 11. If I was wearing new clothes, I never got a second glance. 'Course, I'm a good bit taller than she was, so that made the dresses even shorter. :rofl:


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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:33 PM
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242. because you got a whistle doesnt mean you looked over 18.... it means the guys were assholes
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 10:38 PM by seabeyond
my niece at 11 had boobs. was out in our front lawn playing in the fuckin sprinklers with my 9 and 7 year old sons. guys in a pick up drives by, slow down, stare at her, turn into a drive way up the street, turns around and come down the street to watch her some more. she was a kid. she thought she got to still play in sprinklers as a kid. she didnt know she was a sexual object yet.

that is called perverts

they were well aware she wasnt 18
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 02:57 PM
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257. The new neighbors who mistook me for the "college age" daughter in the family
a year later weren't perverts -- just looking for a babysitter with a driver's license.
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cbc5g Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:14 AM
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42. You aren't fully mature until your early 20's even if you think you are right now
Still a lot of experiences and learning you haven't had yet.
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:12 PM
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139. I know lots of folks in their 20's that are far from "fully mature". nt
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Marr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:15 AM
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43. When I was 16, I had sex with a 25 year old policewoman.
I thought it was, frankly, fucking amazing and I thought she was fucking amazing as well. Looking back, I wonder how she could've been attracted to someone my age. When I was 25, I would've had zero interest in a 16 year old.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:32 AM
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51. Its the New Fad - Women want a Young Buck to show off with
getting kind a flamey here but its the truth
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:34 AM
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55. I was a teenager in a relationship with an older man, too.
He was a close friend of the family, worked with my Mom and Stepfather at the same factory. We were friends for two years before it ever turned romantic. I was 16, going-on-17, he was 23, when we got together. 16 was the "age of consent," but ONLY if the other partner was less than 4 years older--he was almost 7 years older. Still, my Mom was *thrilled*, to be honest. She loved this guy like another son, and I could already see the wedding bells ringing in her eyes. He worked hard, was a genuinely nice guy, didn't drink or party, and took care of his sick Mom. He always had protection, and my Mom made sure I had access to other contraceptive options too. I suppose my Mom thought I'd made a fantastic "catch"--in our poor, rural, Southern culture, finding a nice, hard-working guy who doesn't hit, doesn't drink, and is respectful to ladies was considered damn near the pinnacle of what a poor girl could hope to achieve. Life is different in the low-income tax bracket. Kids grow up faster, and with little to no hope for college or greater achievement, making a good marriage is always the ultimate goal--sad but true.

It didn't work out in the end, sadly, and we only dated for about eight months, but we're still friends, and I wasn't the least bit "damaged" by the experience. I'm grateful every day that my Mom had the good sense to judge on our individual situation and maturity levels, and not by some arbitrary magical number that doesn't really mean anything. He wound up marrying an acquaintance of ours from the factory (a bit older than me,) and they now have a little girl and a baby boy, living a perfectly boring life in Virginia. I found my same-sex partner by the time I was nineteen (I'm bi) and we've been happily together ever since.

Unlike the vast majority of the rest of the girls within my culture, I made it out. I'm in college. My kids will live by a different standard than I did, and that's a good thing. But I don't blame the ones who can't do what I've done. They do what they have to do to get by, and their standards and social norms are so different from middle-class America that it's practically another country, all wrapped-up and hidden inside of what we all know as "America." There are other cultures like this, too; my friend Shanequa from Detroit told me pretty much the same story--that where she comes from, it's more about finding a man who's willing to work, doesn't get into trouble, is responsible with his money, and who comes home to you and the kids every night. THAT is the priority. Middle-class anxieties about age differences are something of a laugh to the people that she and I come from; there are a hundred things that are considered FAR more important than that. If you find a guy like that who wants to be with you, you don't let him wander off just because he's a bit older than you. I'm sure it's just shocking and offensive to some folks around here to read that, but that's what the reality IS for these people. There are shades of the third world in the culture of the American poor, in more ways than one.

The law is meant to protect victims, I think, but it doesn't account for individual circumstances and differences in cultural norms. My Mom rightly determined that I wasn't being "victimized," and made the call to permit the relationship. It was a happy experience for me, and I have nothing but good memories. I understand completely why my mother permitted it, in hindsight; she, like most poor people, did not believe that the laws were written for people like us. And for the most part, she was right. The laws were written for people that have the luxury of things like a slower childhood, college, real careers, and so on. The poor are held to these standards by law, at least when they get caught, but that's not something that happens very often. Poor people defend their own, and aren't terribly likely to involve the ever-mistrusted police unless there's actual violence and victimization going on.

If our society wants to change this, then our society needs to do something about poverty. Those arbitrary laws are just like abstinence-only education. They tell you, "Don't do this!" but they provide NOTHING in the way of support and education to alleviate the circumstances that are behind what they're trying to stop. Create a system in which young girls from poor and ethnic families can feel reasonably assured that they have a chance at a college education and a future, and you'll decrease the number of girls getting involved with older guys. Until we address the root of the problem, our "laws" about relationships like these will continue to be ignored.

Note: As I said, *I* made it out. I do not support relationships between young teens and older guys, although I also do not regret the one that I had. My life was different then, and so were my ideas about right and wrong. Please do not paint me as some defender of predators, because I'm not. My post does two things--it defends MY relationship within the context of my cultural norms at the time, and it observes how things are for the girls still growing up within the culture of poverty. I am 100% in agreement that we should do everything that we can to stop relationships like this from happening, but I don't believe that laws alone will accomplish it. We need poverty relief and opportunities for poor teens more than we need these laws, because relieving poverty is FAR more effective at netting actual results. Only when we have the former will the latter be effective in any meaningful way.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:45 AM
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61. this is... one of the most insightful, honest and well written posts i have seen on du
in a very long time. it is just excellent. and i couldnt agree with you more. your perception and honesty on the layers, is great

thank you for taking the time to write this. i really really appreciate it.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:22 PM
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79. Thank you.
I just think it's important to be a voice for those who don't have one whenever I can. I am something of a rarity--someone who comes from the most destitute kind of background, but who is also educated and informed enough to be able to communicate what's going on *there* to the people who have the power to help change things for the better. It's a miracle that I am where I am, and not a day goes by that I'm not grateful for the luck I've had in that respect.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:55 AM
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69. Well done!
I can completely understand where you're coming from...even the "approving mom" angle, as my spouse's mom went out of her way to accommodate and enable our relationship, as she absolutely adored me and still does to this day. I was the first guy she brought home who didn't act like a smart-mouth punk, had a drinking problem or habit of hitting her. I was a catch, and I was the genuine article. I taught her self-respect and confidence, and those are things she took with her even as our marriage ended.

I wonder in your case, whether you had a tougher time with dating someone older, or someone of the same sex? It's sad that other people project their insecurity and judgments on your relationships simply by looking at superficial aspects, though I suppose that is a little bit of base human behavior at work.

Thanks for posting this, it's really an interesting perspective and take on the many complex issues which influence a relationship, whether directly or indirectly.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:18 PM
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76. Well to be fair, my partner is also older than me.
Significantly--she's 42, I'm 29, and we've been together since we were both ten years younger. I think my experiences growing up in poverty forced me to become MUCH more mature and serious than the average 19-year-old...otherwise, she'd have never found me attractive. She despises younger, flighty girls as a rule, but I am not (nor have I ever been, sadly) one of those.

Unlike your ex, I didn't go through a period of serious regret about not being able to run around, drink, party, etc. I guess it was because we were SO poor, and my Dad was an alcoholic...the partying stuff just seemed silly and childish to me, even as a young person. I'm just grateful to be in a devoted, loving, committed relationship with someone who loves me as much today as she did when we first fell in love. That's rare in this world, especially for someone who comes from my background. My partner is from an average middle-class family, and she has learned a lot over the years that she's interacted with my family.

I realize that I am the exception to the norm, though. I wouldn't want my son dating a 23 year old when he's 16. But my son isn't going to have the same kind of childhood that I did, either. He'll get to keep his innocence a lot longer than I did--and by "innocence," I'm not talking about anything to do with sex. A lot more kids would be able to have that luxury if we could do something about the gut-twisting poverty that runs rampant within the invisible sphere of America.

:hug:
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:13 PM
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97. This is a great post.
Really well-written. And it does show how there are definitely shades of grey in everything. :hug:
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:53 AM
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68. Have fun but stay smart and stay safe. See my post #67.
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:50 PM
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85. Yup, I did.
We actually broke up a couple months back, but we were pretty safe and it was a pretty good relationship while it lasted. My ex-boyfriend is actually transgendered (FTM), so there was literally no possibility of me getting pregnant, but we did use protection, because STD's are also important to avoid.
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yodoobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:57 AM
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70. A 17 year that believes they are mature for their age
Congratulations, that makes you exactly like every other 16 or 17 year old.

I get the sense that you are trying to convince yourself and or gain approval by posting how you lost your virginity to an older man on the Internet.

I agree that every situation is different, but there is a definitely a creep factor in 21 year old guy and a 16 year girl.

I suspect that you may feel different when your an adult and I hope I'm wrong at what my instinct tells me about your motivations for posting these details for the world.

Either way, best of luck to you.

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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:59 AM
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71. When I was 16, I didn't want to be with the cretinous, ignoble boys my age.
They were awkward, strutted around (bwahaha), did stupid things like drink till they threw up all over the place, and talked non-stop about cars and sports. I too had a relationship with someone older, 21 and it was a very happy time. He treated me extremely well. A couple of years later I did it again, with a 35-year-old. It was the stereotypical prof/student thing. Sounds bad, but again, he taught me so much about music and literature, and well, other things. I have the most wonderful memories of him as well and feel that I got much more out of the relationship than he did. Now I've evened it out and am very happy with someone my own age. My life was far from ruined by the lovely men who were part of it. What's irking is being 30 and suddenly having several 17-year-old guys (the coffee dude and a bag boy) put the moves on me. It makes me feel old. :cry: But essentially, maybe some people just subconsciously seek out older partners in the quest for knowledge, be it for sexual experience, or otherwise. It does really depend on the person.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:36 PM
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83. The young boys have finally figured it out. The older women have so many advantages.
They take the young lads to nice places. They PAY. They don't go on and on about their clothes, hair, the latest pop idols or music, and they aren't perceived as "needy." They simply want a nice uncomplicated and fit partner for a bit of fun and amusement. If they can teach him a few things, so much the better.

At least, that's what I read in a magazine in the dentist's office!

So, the coffee dude and the bag boy may be hoping you'll take them out for a nice meal at a snazzy restaurant, and maybe you'll let them drive your swell car! If you're taken, though, they're outta luck!
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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:02 PM
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91. Absolutely! What you say is the truth!
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 01:13 PM by dustbunnie
That's completely where they're coming from (I for one don't have a swell car :D or would be interested even if unattached) but well, guess there's no harm in trying if that's what they're after. At the very least, they'll come away from the experience knowing a little more of how to treat a woman so it's all good if it's good for both. It's probably been going on since the days of yore, just that now people are more open about it. Couldn't say for sure, but maybe the young male - older female relationship has less of the controlling, Svengali baggage to it. Most women who engage in those types of relationships probably also just want a fun romp for awhile. The dynamics of young female - older male can be more dangerous.

On edit: Does anyone remember the name of that movie, from the 70s I think, about the young boys who spend a summer at the beach and one of them ends up losing his virginity to a woman who's just lost her husband in the war? It's killing me. The theme song was so beautiful.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:10 PM
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93. Burt Reynolds and Dinah Shore....now THAT was a romance!
Burt was smitten, so they say.

And going back a few more decades, then, there's "Cash and Cary" AKA Barbara Hutton and Cary Grant.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:13 PM
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96. yes... but if you look at burt
over the years and his behavior, IMO.... you will see he was suckin on the tit in a more mama love me breast feeding way than ....

ya know

and i love reynolds, and his movies, just sayin
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:23 PM
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103. Oh, he definitely had "momma" issues. No doubt. Sally Field was lucky to escape!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:26 PM
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105. lol lol
and lonnie... in the long run.

ah, burt....

cute little boy that couldnt grow up
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:35 PM
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112. Reminds me of a movie I saw in HS
Harold and Maude...as a teenager, this movie was definitely treading into unfamiliar territory but it was a nice demonstration of how romantic love can and does occur between people of vastly different ages.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 02:29 PM
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234. Ruth Gordon! What a character she was! nt
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FedUpWithIt All Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 10:45 PM
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294. I am in a relationship with a man who just turned 24. I will be 37.
Edited on Thu Feb-26-09 10:51 PM by FedUpWithIt All
We are very compatible and get on extremely well. It is a solid and happy pairing.

Edited to add: I think there are a great number of complications with teen adult relationships that would not be problematic in an adult/ adult relationship with the same age difference.

Teen/adult relationships are a whole other cup of tea because of the freedoms and control an adult could wield over a teen who is still somewhat dependent. It allows for too much manipulation.
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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:31 PM
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108. Oh my gosh, Burt and Dinah.

:)

There's a few of them from the past. Wasn't Lana Turner also older than Johnny Stompanato (sp)? That was quite the stormy romance.

And Elizabeth Taylor had one or two as well.

Today there's Demi and Ashton and Susan Sarandan and Tim Robbins,
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:41 PM
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138. Summer of "44
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:55 PM
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153. Summer of '42. (nt)
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:54 PM
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167. LOL! I had the right war anyway.
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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:55 PM
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154. YES! Thank you. Muah!

The song was "The Summer Knows." Saw it as a kid and remember wailing at the end... it was so sad. I have to rent it. Thanks again. :)
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 04:23 PM
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264. I was thinking Summer of '42
I still laugh at the condom buying scene.
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Spangle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:17 PM
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75. In todays world
The young folks are aware of what sex is, etc, etc. Very few are explitated in the matter the law was written for.

There was a time when the only real option for a woman was to be married and have kids. If Hubby died, she had to find a replacement. Love might not an option, survival was the goal. A young woman who was sexually active wasn't considered marriage worthy. Her only choice was as a bar maid or prostitute.

So the goal of the law was to protect 'innocent' females from being put in a postion of being stuck in a life of 'shame.' Another words, given no choice of the matter. THIS isn't an issue today. No one expects the bride to be 'pure' before the wedding. Nor is she considered damaged goods, etc.

She is also more knowledgeable about sex, etc. So she knows what she is generallly getting in to.

What is the same is... Young ladies still have the innocents to believe in fairy tales. Girls are mature in some ways, are still immature in other ways. They can still be 'charmed' into bed. LOL! Geezes, even older folks it can happen to. But with the young ladies, it could effect their whole life still. Getting prego and dealing with that issue. Or an older guy being 'in charge', etc. This all can effect decisions on going to college, etc.

So while the law isn't as needed because women are no longer 'ruined'.... it is still needed because there are still predictors out there that prey on young women. Something needs to be there, to hold them in some sort of check.

AS for the other... Just like young folks don't want to even consider their parents having sex... The parents have the same issue in reverse. They don't say "my child', they speak with a broad brush. ALL 15 year olds, or all 16 year olds, etc. To make it even a more remote possibility that they are talking about their child.. gross!

We have sex education in schools for a reason. Parents could not talk about that stuff with their kids. For many parents, that issue is still a problem. Even folks your age, when it comes time.. will have issues talking about or thinking about their kids doing it. <shrug>
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 12:59 PM
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90. To each his/her own
However my view is that at that age those five years make a huge difference. It's not like if somebody is 29 and their partner is 24. Frankly a 21-year old guy, at least in my experiences, is still pretty immature and, yes, a 16-year old girl can seem more mature. But, really is still a developing person emotionally and physically. When I hear that somebody whose 21 years old, old enough almost to be graduating from college is dating somebody who is 16, young enough, in some cases, to still be a sophomore in high school. It just seems weird. Not so much for the 16 year old, I can understand that person maybe looking for somebody a little bit more mature, but for a 21 year old. Aren't there any attractive, intelligent girls his age to date? At 21 and 16 there are lots of things and places you can't even go to together.
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:11 PM
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94. Yeah, we were definitely at different stages in our lives.
(And, I was actually a senior in high school for a good chunk of it, which I guess changes things a bit, maybe).

That's a big part of why we're not together anymore. But, the thing is, I think there's a world of difference between an incompatible relationship and abuse or coercion.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:02 PM
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92. What is the bigger outrage?
The vaginal penetration, or the emotional 'manipulation' of a younger girl. This is a question mostly directed toward some of the 'morality police' in this thread.

Hypothetical, realistic situation - consider some outgoing 16 year old girls have more relationship and sexual experience than some shy 21 year old guys. Some 16 year old girls will use that experience to seduce the 21 year old guy. Is it the same outrage or do the circumstances change your response? What if that guy was your son? Would you feel he is a creepy pervert? What if that girl was your daughter, would you think she's completely innocent and naive? Just wondering if specific circumstances alter your perception of the age issue.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:45 PM
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119. An outrage by any other name...
"Would you feel he is a creepy pervert?"

yes.

"What if that girl was your daughter, would you think she's completely innocent and naive?"

This is irrelevant to the issue at hand, but by definition she would be considered innocent. Naivette is not a crime.

"Just wondering if specific circumstances alter your perception of the age issue."

No. There ARE certain absolutes in the modern world (see international law on war crimes, for example). Adults masturbating in, on, or around the bodies (or even images) of children is a criminal act.
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Threedifferentones Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:02 PM
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126. Criminal and immoral are not the same
Which is the point of the post you are responding to, Chimpy. We all know it's illegal, but if a 16 year old girl seeks out a 21 yr old boy, the 21 yr old is automatically a "creepy molester?" Even if he has never had sex with anyone, and his heart rate doubles any time a young lady talks to him?

Legally, yes, morally, no. It is perfectly natural for 21 year olds to see physically mature 16 year olds as sexy. If you deny this, then I charge your sex drive is either very different from most people's, or you simply forget how you felt at those ages. Moreover, it is quite easy to find a sixteen year old who is much more sexually experienced and aware than a given 21 year old.

I have yet to find an absolute moral truth in my life.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:36 PM
Response to Reply #126
151. thoughts vs. actions
Tachycardia and molestation are hardly comparable. The crime is in the act. Ask Humbert.
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Threedifferentones Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:15 PM
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168. Still avoiding the question
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 09:15 PM by Threedifferentones
We all know it is illegal, what about immoral?

The way I see it:

If a single case exists where romance between a 21 and 16 year old worked out happily and healthily, you must admit it is not necessarily, or "absolutely," immoral. The OP made a post specifically to illustrate such a case. Which would cause you to wonder: are such "molestation" laws really protecting enough people to be worth it? Or are they causing more harm than good?

It seems more suspect to me when a 55 year old sleeps with a 19 year old but we will never outlaw that, nor should we.

Hence, the law needs amending, and you seem to be defending a poor social policy.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:51 AM
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203. ends and means
If there's a single case where a spouse/partner beats his/her spouse/partner, but the marriage goes on to a satisfactory conclusion, the beating is still immoral.
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Threedifferentones Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:45 AM
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218. So, chimpyis, you have indeed bought in to the idea
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 11:04 AM by Threedifferentones
That there is a black and white cut off in age, before which sex is exploitative, after which it is not.

In the case of beating, the one act is immoral, while the rest of the relationship may not be. Beating one's lover is clearly immoral because one party is victimized to satisfy the others' rage and desire for control. It seems very hard to come up with circumstances to mitigate beating one's spouse, and I have never encountered any such IRL, hence such abuse approaches being necessarily, or absolutely, wrong. That is why it is illegal. I would question how the abused party could feel safe and happy around someone they fear, but that is a question for another day. Unlike spouse abuse, which is wrong when it happens no matter how the couple ends up, sex is not necessarily exploitative, which is exactly the point of this conversation.

I was not trying to say the ends justify the means, I was pointing out that if no one is hurt or coerced, and everyone is satisfied, THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS, there is/was no problem.

You are basically saying: If a 25 year old and a 17.99 year old have sex, the 25 year old may as well have beaten the soon-to-be 18 year old, he is that heinously immoral. Once the younger turns 18 in a few days, however, it's totally kosher. Moreover, if a 65 year old is having sex with an 18 year old, this is no more worrisome than 25 and 18. This makes no sense and really hurts more than it helps.

You do not seem to be stupid, it is strange that you try to defend this indefensible policy of ours...
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:36 PM
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240. 17.99 is not 16
You are basically putting words in my mouth. 25 years old with 17.99 year old? Pathetic, yeah. Heinously immoral? Unless she's mentally incompetent, probably not. 21 with 16? Yep. Creepy and heinous. Can you imagine a situation where a 21 year old teacher would be allowed to bang his/her 16 year old student?

"one party is victimized to satisfy the others' rage and desire for control."

replace the term rage with the word lust and you've made my point.

"I would question how the abused party could feel safe and happy around someone they fear..."

My wife, who works with abused women, could tell you a few stories about women who defend and "love" their abusers endlessly. This frame of mind is, tragically, both a cause and a byproduct of abuse and exploitation. This is exactly the point. In most cases (perhaps not all, but certainly enough to warrant societal caution) a 16 year old is emotionally a child. Children are by definition incompetent to decide whether an adult is exploiting them.

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uberllama42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 05:36 PM
Response to Reply #119
145. Naivete is not a crime, but neither is having sex
with a 16-year-old in some states.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:45 PM
Response to Reply #145
152. having a right versus doing Right
Voting Republican is not a crime, but that doesn't make it right.
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:50 AM
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219. That "hypothetical" situation was exactly what happened to me...
I was the virgin. She was 16, I was 21. She had more sexual experience than I had, and believe it or not, she was a wonderful teacher. Waiting seemed important to me back then, and that's why at 21, I still hadn't "gone all the way". I'm sorry to offend the "morality police" on this site, but I will never apologize for that experience. We were so in love, but in the end, we broke it off for fear of legal ramifications. I would have married her and stayed with her forever, but the "law" altered our course irrevocably. We thought we'd wait the two years, and see each other again, but we were beset on all sides by reality. I don't know where she is now, but I hope to God she's had a great life, and gotten married to a wonderful man who treats her like gold...

You can all flame away all you want. But I don't consider myself a "pervert". I was a young man, and I fell in love with a beautiful girl. Some of you people would have me strung up, and put to death with your "Spanish Inquisition" morality. It'd give you great satisfaction to label me a "sexual predator" for the rest of my life. I'd much rather have my 16y.o. daughter date a responsible, decent, even slightly older guy, than some of the retarded, prick helmets that are passing for high-school seniors these days. Bunch of spoiled brat, emotionally abusive, never had the crap kicked out of them by their parents, do what ever the hell they want, scumbags. She's going to date someone anyway. Nothing I can do to prevent that.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:29 PM
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106. You only THINK you are mature at 16 or 17. LOL! Biologically, your brain is still forming
so it isn't even a matter of opinion.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:32 PM
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109. I'll bet many of us did if we'd admit it
bringing some honesty to a discussion like this is imperative if we are ever to get real. Plus, I raised three very responsible sons and they were much better boys than I was a girl, I'm not proud to say. What I'm getting at is, boys at 20-21 don't seem that old. They still seem like kids. Heck, people at 30 seem young to me now.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:39 PM
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116. my first intercourse, .... rape, was by a man more than a decade older than i
Edited on Sun Feb-22-09 01:46 PM by seabeyond
your right... i feel much better being honest.

but honestly, after that, the choice was guys my age.

now when i was on my own at 18 and very poor and desperate in a small amount of time i did have three old farts want to be a sugar daddy.... but after lots of thought and consideration, i decided wasnt who i am.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:32 PM
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110. To all the nattering nabobs, clucking about a girl gettin her sex on...
http://www.feministing.com/archives/013806.html

Just her close:

"If the same people who are working themselves into a panic over women's sexuality spent half as much time advocating on behalf of issues that young women really need help with, we might actually be getting somewhere. But instead, we're stuck talking about what a shame it is that young women are having sex, when the truth is, it isn't a shame at all."
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:42 PM
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118. i havent seen a single person say a single thing about how our teens
"talking about what a shame it is that young women are having sex,"

do you see any posters saying these GIRLS, not women, should not be having sex?
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:50 PM
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120. I admit to not seeing anyone here utter those precise words in that precise order...
You got me. Congratulations on your most specious victories.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #120
122. hmmmm.
:)
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:01 PM
Response to Reply #120
124. i dont think i have heard many on du ever imply nor state that our teens shouldnt have sex
i think mostly when these conversations come up it is the appropriateness of it, or the behavior of it or something else that we are addressing.

i have never expected anything less of my sons or nieces that they will be experiencing sex as teens and man, i would hope that is the case, just how i see the development of sexuality for teens.

i have been talking about sex with oldest for a couple years, and have started with my 11 yr old recently.

firstly i think their sexual experiences are theirs, private, their own and their journey to live. secondly, i feel those experiences are invaluable and would want nothing less for them.

just to be clear
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:33 PM
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111. When I was 18, I had sex with a 27 year old.
Her name was Yoko and she worked in a bar on Izazaki-cho in Yokohama.

I still do, and will always, remember her with great appreciation and fondness for leading a bumbling 18 year old to paradise.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:35 PM
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113. you were raped
Twelve year olds often think they "love" the adults that are molesting them, too. Young girls and boys are not competent to make that kind of decision, adults are. This is the essence of statutory rape laws.

Any 21 year old man or woman screwing a 16 year old is beyond pathetic.
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:39 PM
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115. Interesting.
Thanks for sharing!
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 01:55 PM
Response to Reply #113
123. "This is the essence of statutory rape laws."
Which, interestingly enough, did not apply in the case in question. What's your opinion about THAT fact?
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:04 PM
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127. that changes everything
It's perfectly legal and not creepy at all that a 21 year old was banging a 16 year old. Say hi to the other Texans for me, 'k?
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City of Mills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:13 PM
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131. WTF?
Sometimes it's creepy, sometimes it isn't. It depends on the circumstances and the individuals involved. What does being a Texan have to do with it? It's something you'll find happening throughout the world, and throughout history.
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chimpyisstillsatan Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 07:59 AM
Response to Reply #131
204. I meant Utah
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 08:16 AM by chimpyisstillsatan
Racism and slavery, human sacrifice, polygamy. History is hardly justification.

It remains to be seen how society will evolve. Homosexuality was once entirely taboo, now it is less so. I'm happy about that. I still believe the scenario described is exploitation, and exploitation is ALWAYS wrong. Like ignorance, immaturity is not an excuse. Even an immature, mentally competent 21 year old can readily hold sexual urges under control, and other non-exploitative outlets are available.

I am willing to admit that I may be wrong on this. However, it's my deepest hope that when my son hits 21, he'll have the emotional maturity and self control to 1. find someone more mature or 2. wait for his choice of mate to mature and become a truly equal partner. I also hope that my daughter will chose a mate that is capable of this and will respect her enough to do so as well. True love can survive one or two years wait for consummation.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:20 PM
Response to Reply #127
165. Say hi to the other Puritans for me.
Makes as much sense as your dumbass comment.

Welcome to DU. :eyes:
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soulcore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #113
135. And you are intellecually dishonest.
Blanket statements about rape don't help. Way to consider individual feelings, circumstance, emotions, etc.

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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:39 PM
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137. Rape is legal terminology.
As the OP said, 16 was the age of consent when this happened. She also said that no coercion took place. How was she raped? Rape only applies when what happens is against the law. If no law is broken, there is no rape.

In over half the US states, kids 16 and older can have sex with whomever they wish. Is it a good idea? Probably not, but that's the law.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 02:26 PM
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134. You did nothing wrong, but he did
It's just my opinion, of course, but at 21, he should find someone near his own age. I liked older guys too at 17, but up until the age of 21, I think young women should date guys in the same peer group... for example--both in high school (even if it is a senior/freshman relationship), or both in college, or both high school graduates. It's not scientific, just a precaution to avoid predatory creeps who have been shunned by their own age group.
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mudesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:25 PM
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141. To Say That You're Mature At 16 Years Of Age Shows Just How Immature You Are
The fact that you unnecessarily risked pregnancy at your age speaks to your immaturity. Just because teenagers have sex (something I don't deny nor dispute) doesn't mean they should be.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 03:28 PM
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143. i hope you used protection and when i was 16 i thought i was also wise beyond my years.
and i'm glad i waited.
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mackerel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 05:49 PM
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146. lightningandsnow come back to us when you're 45 and
have lived a little. Let us know if you still feel the same way. Until then I'll say it was wrong for that 21 year to have sex with you. It matters not what your position is on the matter you're not a legal adult.


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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 07:32 PM
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157. Can't speak for the OP, but I'm 39
I have no regrets about the sexual relationships I had with older men when I was a teenager. I still think of them fondly and hope they're happy, wherever they are. Still waiting to feel like I was "exploited" or "raped." Hasn't happened yet. (I also have been raped. To use the same word for the two experiences is like using the same word for "juicy cheeseburger" and "shit sandwich with maggots.")

By NO means do I think this is something that's OK for everyone--but to imply that every girl who has this experience will eventually regret it just not accurate or honest.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:20 PM
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169. But she IS a legal adult.
From the OP...

"It was perfectly consensual (and perfectly legal where I live.)"
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 06:28 PM
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149. As long as
it was safe sex, the sex isn't at issue, at 16. In my opinion. It's the possibility for emotional manipulation and abuse: the imbalance of power between a legal adult and a minor.

Young people are sexual long before our culture wants to accept. That's fine. It's the imbalance of power in relationships that is wrong, starting a young person off with dysfunction.

When I was 15, I had a 20 yo boyfriend. Because my mom was outraged.

I'm not saying we didn't care about each other. Or that I was more immature than he was. I'm saying that the relationship moved forward, not because we liked each other, but because it was a power play. Between my mother and I. Between he and his fundie family, who were horrified that he would "date" a non-christian. They were all so horrified that we ended up married for 10 years. 10 MISERABLE years, which would have ended sooner, except I still couldn't stand for my mother to be "right" about him.

Over my lifetime, both as a teenager, as the mother of teenagers, and as the teacher of teenagers, I've seen that dysfunction, and that power struggle, play out over and over again, in multiple situations and multiple ways.

I've also seen plenty of great relationships that included age differences. Just not between teenagers and adults.

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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:12 PM
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161. I was younger than you...
...and my lover was older than yours. I too was not coerced, raped, duped, pressured, exploited, or what-have-you. It was an intense connection and a defining experience in my life, and the physical aspect of it was actually very minor. To this day, many many MANY years later, I can look back and state with confidence that I was old enough, mature enough, to make those choices at the time. When I meet some of my friends' daughters who are about that age now as I was then, I have the sense that they don't have that level of maturity, that they're more "children" in many ways than I was at the time (but also are more savvy than I was in other ways). It's very much an individual judgment call, as to what people are ready for, and at what age.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 08:35 PM
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166. Do you think you are an attractive person?
I would guess that you probably are?
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 09:21 PM
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170. ""It was perfectly consensual (and perfectly legal where I live.)". End of story for me.
The rest is your business, not mine.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:03 PM
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177. When I was 19 I had sex with a 17 year old. I could go to jail now.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 11:18 PM
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179. Well yeah. That's totally normal.
I remember being a teenager. Since I also remember teenage boys :eyes: I'm hardly surprised when teenage girls choose older boyfriends.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 12:48 AM
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181. hah!
I've been accused of being a wannabe cradle-robber because I don't condemn all these relationships with a broad brush without taking individual factors into account.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm not attracted to teenagers at all - the "problem" is, I never have been, certainly not when I was one myself.
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 03:36 AM
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187. There are exceptions. Here we just had 4 teachers caught having sex with teen students.
I'd call that wrong, even though the kids were 16 and 17 (or in one case, 18--he groomed her and waited until her birthday for sex).
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 05:54 PM
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266. I'm sure those teens were fairly mature for their age, though
So I guess it's OK
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GaYellowDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:37 AM
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191. When I was 24
I had a 17 year old at church get very interested in me. And she was a heck of a girl - sweet, pretty, her school valedictorian. Her parents approved and her mother sure wanted it to happen, but their stance was that if things were going to work out, we couldn't actually date until she was 18. I just couldn't get past the age difference, though. 7 years was so much at that point - she was a high school senior, and I was a graduate student. I just felt like I'd be taking advantage of her, so nothing happened beyond a couple of hugs. I wouldn't hesitate to date someone 7 years younger now, but that would be 41 and 34. Big difference.
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:13 AM
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205. What some old fart thinks about it all.
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 09:26 AM by olegramps
The basic problem is that the demands of modern society require that a person, in most cases, in order to be successful must have an extensive education. It is also a fact that the age of puberty has been taking place at a younger age.

I would like to also point out a couple of facts. In prior years in which higher education was for the most part restricted to the wealthy, that most of the males in these situations had access to prostitutes. Prostitution was rampant since many young females were in desperate financial situations. Of course this sexual outlet was not limited to only the wealthy. In contrast to the plight of the poor, girls of the upper class were off limits in most cases. There was also the exploitation of the wealthy young bucks who took advantage of their privileged position to exploit the girls "across the tracks." The need for sexual gratification seems to always find a solution. But far too often in the past it resulted in exploitation or to a hopeless situation that locked many young couples in poverty.

What is required is the realization of the situation in which young people find themselves today and the absolute necessity for a reasonable solution. Most people, I believe, are far less closed minded about realizing the young people in our present society have sexual needs. It is the vocal minority that continues to exert an disproportional influence on policy in regards to sexual education, availably of effective contraceptives for birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. It seems to me that rather than regarding young people's sexual desires and needs as being abnormal, that its absence would be regarded as cause of concern. Our society has been come increasingly manipulated by special interest, be it the NRA, lobbyists, or fanatical religious groups that have single interest issues. In most cases it is nothing more that the tyranny of a small minority.

I would think that young people should be encouraged to limit their sexual experiences to a reasonable age difference in the majority of cases and they should be fully aware of the possibility of exploitation due to their limited experience in relationships. This would be part of a comprehensive sex education. I firmly oppose the continence of this ridiculous effort to maintain their virginity which is in reality a total failure, but for arriving at a equitable solution that adequately provides for reasonable sexual behavior.

By the way my wife and I were sexually active before marriage and we have been married 46 years. We were both in our late twenties when we married since I pursued advanced graduate programs after getting out of the service and we just could not afford to get married and start a family. I have watched these asinine religious charlatans destroy far too many lives. It time for some sanity.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:23 AM
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206. good post...
and i agree with you.

i think the big difference today as opposed to any other time is the adult world and teen world has become so mixed together in their sexual play as opposed to any other time. with internet we now have so many adults playing with teens in their sexuality and vice versa. there is not the seperateness of the past.

in the past, you had some, .... but internet links all of us.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:56 AM
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209. No two individuals mature at the same pace
:hi:
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 09:57 AM
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210. Was his name Wooderson?
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:02 AM
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211. My Mom's close friend
She was much older, and somehow I survived. :)
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bobbert Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 10:15 AM
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214. A few years ago I was the older guy in one of these types of relationships
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 11:15 AM by bobbert
It was terribly awkward AFTER dating girls my own age. A lot of things I wanted to do, places I wanted to go you needed to be 21+, even 18+ would be really strange to not have your girlfriend with you. Mine lasted less than a month because I just thought it was strange. I liked it, but it definitely made me feel like a creep in the end and I don't like to talk about it. I know what anyone who saw us together had to be thinking, and that was enough to make me think 'am I really like that?'. The answer was, yes, I think I was. Younger girls are much easier to manipulate because they are excited just by being with someone who is older, anything else is a bonus. Was he at least a mature 21-year old? Was he at a good college getting good grades? Your standards can change as you get older.

I think it's perfectly natural for an older guy to be physically attracted to younger women. However, I would now only be with women my age, or close to it, because we are both in the same stage of life and want to do the same things. If I had not dated many girls, and a girl that was much younger than me came up to me and was interested in me, I would go for it. I think that a lot of the guys going after these high school girls have some kind of social problem with their peers or are just too shy to go for someone their own age and go for the flirty high schooler that constantly gives them attention because it's a lot easier.

I don't think a high school girl should be dating anyone that is not in a University, because I want older people to be a good influence in their life and because she should be with someone else that is going to school. Any guy that is at a University usually wants to be drinking and going to the bars with friends, so a high schooler really can't be in the same stage of life as them. Most of the relationships with that big of age difference at that young of age tend not to work out because they are at two different stages in their life and should be hanging out with two different crowds.

I think once a girl is out of high school, age range isn't too big of a deal, but before that, high school and non-high school lives are really different, and it's hard to understand that sharing a small messy apartment with a friend is not the greatest thing in the world.

Edit for clarification: 3rd paragraph it should be stated that if a high-schooler is actually dating someone that is out of high school. I think high-schoolers need to date high-schoolers.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 11:04 AM
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222. From an outside much older male perspective...
It's not about being sexually active. Its the fact that men know how men think and act, especially with a beautiful young girl. The harsh truth is many men are only thinking with their penis. The other part of the problem is too many females under the age of 18 misjudge their level of maturity. I don't care how mature you THINK you are, at 16 the odds are you probably are not. There is a difference between being intelligent / educated and having life experience. IMLHO, I don't think a teenager has any business being in a relationship with anyone more than 2 years older than themselves. Your relationship worked out, but I'm willing to bet if you took a pool, that the majority of people would say that relationships as you described are a big mistake.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:44 AM
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246. Agree -- well said!
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-09 04:11 PM
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236. When I was 54, I had sex with a 42 year old.
Edited on Mon Feb-23-09 04:18 PM by hisownpetard
Even today, I blush to think about it.


(P.S. Not really. I just wanted to say it).
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:03 AM
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244. Why you little hussy, you!!!
Not really--I just wanted to say it, too!!!
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:51 AM
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248. Now that your 17, that gives a world of perspective on 16.
Just last year.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 12:55 AM
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249. Many of these relationships end up with the female pregnant . . .
even if the guy stays around -- and many don't --- what is the 21+ year old male's

knowledge of birth control? Today, we might presume the female is on the pill . . .

maybe not?



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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 07:43 AM
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255. Will this be on Catch a Predator?
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:05 PM
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258. shit, when I was 16
Edited on Tue Feb-24-09 03:05 PM by guitar man
I had sex with a 40 year old. It was good too! :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:06 PM
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259. Nothing personal, but everyone thinks they're fairly mature for their age
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:36 PM
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261. Of course, who you gonna have sex with
a sixteen or 15 year old boy? YUCK. When I was 16-the 18 year olds were all I was interested in. Of course I would have killed for a 21 year old. When I was 25-I wanted the 35 year olds. Now that I'm looking at 50 however, I settle for anything under 45 but over 30. Older men are the bomb when you are younger. They have money, they have experience and they worship you if you are younger. Of course it's not nice to risk a jail term for them. So..better to wait for their sakes, capiche?
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 03:46 PM
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262. How did your parents feel about you having sex with an adult?
And how do they feel about your discussing it on an internet forum?
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 12:09 AM
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271. Until you said you're still 17 years old, I was thinking this was a totally hot thread
Now I just feel ashamed of myself. Ashamed and dirty.

I'm a bad boy.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 12:16 AM
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272. You're 17 now?
So you've had a whole entire year to reflect on the experience and come away with wisdom to share with those of us who prefer that adults stick to other adults when seeking sexual partners?
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 01:07 AM
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274. Well, we can all benefit from her maturity, see.
People have TOLD her she seems mature. So there you go.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 09:24 AM
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278. this is where i am bothered. kids playing with adults on net, but worse adults
Edited on Wed Feb-25-09 09:26 AM by seabeyond
freely and without thought playing in the kid world.

it is good to see the few adults that actually made mention of it. sad that so few did. i didnt realize she was still 17. i thought this was reflection from past... you know, past... lol
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 12:22 AM
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 08:52 AM
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277. My parents married
Edited on Wed Feb-25-09 08:55 AM by FlaGranny
when my father was 27 and my mother was 16. They celebrated their 62nd Anniversary before my father passed away. They are both gone now, but a better marriage would be hard to find. I first married at age 16 to a 21-year-old. I would still be with him had he not died at age 30 from the ravages of untreated rheumatic fever that he had as a child. My mother and I both chose well and were both mature enough to make it last. I still very much love my first and he's been gone now for 43 years. My present husband and I have been very happily together for 42 years.

For the above reasons, I agree, it is not always that simple. I also agree totally that the majority of 16 year olds are nowhere near ready for marriage - but for that matter, the majority of 25 year olds aren't either. Age is not nearly as important as maturity, commitment, and unselfishness in BOTH partners. Maturity sometimes has little to do with physical age, but physical age is "usually" necessary to grow some maturity. It's not a "black and white" issue.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:11 PM
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280. Bravo! I agree!
A friend of mine first had sex when she was 14, and she stayed with that guy for 6 years! I have never seen a more loving, caring couple around me.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 06:18 PM
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282. Please stop clicking on this thread!
Yes I clicked on it to reply, it was already on the top. This thread belongs in the Lounge, not here.

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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 08:27 PM
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289. Shit. When My Grandmother Was 16, She Married a 22 Year Old
Edited on Thu Feb-26-09 08:39 PM by NashVegas
Seems the best way to shield your daughter from sexual predators is to avoid teaching her to connect being treated like dirt with a loving relationship.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 09:17 PM
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 09:22 PM
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292. You are so wise.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 10:27 PM
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293. Sweetie, take it from a 31 year old woman...
you've got plenty of growing up to do. You will, be a very different person in 4 years, in 8 years, in 14 years. I thought I wouldn't be. I don't recognize pictures of myself at 17...stories about my behavior make me shudder. You are not an adult at 17-but you're getting there.
When I was 17, I dated a 20 year old. We dated for years. We might have married, and most certainly have divorced, because even though after nearly 15 years, we're friends again, we are starkly different people. Heck, I almost divorced the man I married because after knowing and loving each other for years, we both changed.

Your boyfriend may have not exploited you and that's fantastic for you. But we can't have individual laws for 300 million people. You may be "mature", but you haven't even been to college yet (assuming you're planning on going). That will be an eye-popping experience.

Sorry this is rambling...I have one heck of a flu.

Good luck-you seem like a smart young lady (and I feel like an old fart).
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