Friday 20 April 2018

Lorraine Courtney: Let's talk more about sex and less about the useless age of consent

The teenage years can be a terrible time. Picture posed by models
The teenage years can be a terrible time. Picture posed by models

Lorraine Courtney

There was no correlation between the age of consent and the age that teenagers first had sex

THE teenage years are terrible times, awash with sebum, sexual frustration and self-hate. Or so they seemed through that heady haze of hormones and alcopops. But I think that to be a teenager in 2013 must be especially bad, certainly much, much worse than it was in 1993 (which I can definitely say was awful).

From dolls that look like porn stars to pop singers who act like them, to sexting and twerking, sex seems to be everywhere these days. It's no wonder that our kids are sexually speedy. But if the notion of teenagers having sex is complicated, then legislating around such sex is even more complex.

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