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YES, REAL TEENS ARE HAVING SEX.
But now that I have your attention please don't feel that you have been hoodwinked by my false advertising. We all like sex, me included, but the picture above is as sexy as it gets I'm afraid.
Yes this post is generally about sex and teens as it states in the headline, but perhaps not the specific genre that some of you may have been looking for. In that, I mean the salivating over web content, with a box of Kleenex close to hand type of genre.
If you clicked on the link to see naked teens indulging in sexual interactions with each other or with adults then I apologize. If you fall into this bracket you are more than likely either a naive teen yourself, or an adult member of society who has a penchant for that sort of thing. But no matter which one you are, you have a choice to read on or open another sort of browsing session.
So what's this all about?
THE AGE OF CONSENT
UK based Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, recently said that he would like to see the age of consent in the UK lowered by a year from 16 to 15. He thinks that society sends 'confused signals' to teens as to when sex is allowed.
Do I have a problem with this? Yes, your damn right I do!
Personally, at the age of 15 I thought that I could rule the world. I was invincible and was the boss of me. Thank God that I had a mother who, when needed reeled me in and gave me a good old clip around the lugs when I got out of hand.
MORE CHOICE AND EASY ACCESS
Access to pornographic materials was easy enough, even in my day. However, like most 'utilities' it has long since moved from the paper, hard-copy system to an online convenience. Today we are just a click away from a smorgasbord of 'naked' content, often marketed as 'naked teen content'.
Prof. Ashton says that society has to accept that one third of British teenagers are having sex before the legal age of 16. Yes this is probably true. But I see an obvious link there Professor, cant you?
The blatant sexualization of young audiences through the television, internet and other media sources has encouraged earlier sex by teens and the hunt for younger 'teen-prey' by some individuals.
It's not dissimilar to desiring the smaller and more attractive I-Pad Mini over the older and larger model. Making something desirable and attractive to an audience is easy, right? Advertisers get paid to do such things. There is a market for everything.
It's sad, but so true that for every law-abiding, upstanding member of society there is an individual who will see lowering the age of consent as an open invitation to a party (a children's party). It just expands what's on offer on the menu for their lusts and desires. Well if the law says I can now have sex with a fifteen-year-old then why not make the most of it and lure more fifteen-year-olds into having sex with me?
Prof. Ashton says that lowering the age will make availability of contraception easier for those (children) aged 15 who are engaging in a sexual relationships. Yes thats right I included the word children there again in that sentence, because anyone in their right mind should realize that a fifteen year old is still a child.
"I would not personally argue for 14 but I think we should seriously be looking at 15 so that we can draw a line in the sand and really, as a society, actively discourage sexual involvement under 15. By doing that, you would be able legitimately to organise services to meet the need," Ashton said.
Come off it Professor, the only line being drawn in the sand should be the ones young teens write on beaches and then poses beside for photographs.
I dont have children yet, but if and when I do have them, I'd like to think that they can enjoy a proper childhood before they have to deal with what ever 'adult' life can and will throw at them.
Contraception and sexual health may be included in sex-education classes in schools, but it shouldn't be a worry that children need to have on their minds, at least until they are old enough and mature enough to deal with the consequences of what can follow from 'too much too soon'.
I'm writing this post whilst in the USA where the age of consent is predominantly higher in most states than in the UK or Ireland. Please tell me that i'm not alone in condemning even the thought of lowering the age of sexual consent in any country?