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Roman Polanski is another example of the problems that arose out of this shift. I recall being a young teacher at a very progressive high school in Los Angeles in 1967-1969. Many single male teachers had relationships with their female students it seemed. I didn't know whether to be proud or ashamed of the fact that I was not one of them - not for want of opportunity. And the young women - OH MY GOD! But it just did not seem appropriate to my evolving Oklahoma-Arizona-California sensibility.

And some of my 9th grade female students were eager for attention and physical contact, which was a challenge. They would stand beside me almost touching me or grab my arm or hand. My choice was to put a hand on a shoulder or pat a head. Some seemed very much in need of male parental attention. As this was a private school I was hired despite lacking any college background in education, so I really do not know what was taught in teachers education at that time about those subjects. But some faculty and administration spoke positively about the Summerhill philosophy, though the school was much more formal and traditional than that.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 10th, 2013 at 07:46:05 PM EST
Puberty turns you into a hormone bomb. For most of history 40 was very old, and humans probably did most of their reproducing as soon as they could.

Which is fine if you want a culture of young animals. But the issue with age of consent is that while some adults are horny, others - especially those called paedophiles - are violent, abusive and predatory. So at the very least it's more likely to be a bad idea than not, because child-adult sex includes a huge power imbalance. And at worst it puts children and teens in literal physical danger.

In the UK the problem isn't that some people have sex with children, but that there's a shocking amount of evidence that abuse is systemic, with children being removed from relatively functional families by secret courts (when did those appear?) and put into a 'care' system just so they can be abused and possibly even murdered with impunity.

Worse, there's seem clear evidence of collusion among the establishment, with some very odd bahaviour by certain police, judges, lawyers, politicians, and local councillors - and numerous reports that when police investigations get too enthusiastic, officers are moved on and told to cool off.

Kids being hormone bombs comes nowhere close to justifying any of this.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 02:01:55 AM EST
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Linking paedophilia intrinsically with violence is plain wrong, manipulative, and flies on the face of little the facts that exist from unbiased studies. As is plain wrong and manipulative to label all sexual activity below current age of consent as "paedophilia".
by Ivo on Sun Jun 30th, 2013 at 03:21:37 AM EST
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