Frankly though, it's at the height of stupidity to have laws against sexting anyways, not to mention enforce those laws. It's illegal for an adult to make a move on a minor, but the minor will not get arrested for doing anything with an adult, or another minor. The same logic should apply here. Consent laws are there to protect minors, not persecute them. So maybe someone gets embarrassed. Is it better that they are embarrased and also punished? Actually, I think I recall a story about a girl in that very situation who then killed herself. Underage stupidity should not be illegal. Unless it is physically/mortally dangerous stupidity, like drug and alcohol use. Sexting isn't even in the same league.
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Really? Because according to this http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends.pdf ; here are the states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy:
1. New Mexico
10. South Carolina
I see a lot of Conservative states on there with a lot of pregnant teenagers.
By the way, California ranks 15 (still pretty high - but lower than other states with large Latino populations - which is also a notable trend among several of the states listed here).
Further, the liberal states of New England tend to make up the predominance of the bottom 10.
So, facts trump your anecdote.
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Originally Posted by PogueMoran
I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.
We really go overboard on this issue a lot. At some point we may have to step back and start using our brains. I know, I know; it's a lot harder and not as fun as just running off of knee-jerk emotional responses. But it will serve us much better in the long run.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
And as for "the liberal states of New England tend to make up the predominance of the bottom 10", let's take a look at the actual bottom ten:
46. North Dakota
50. New Hampshire
Bold = deep blue state, Underline = deep red state
3 of 10 is hardly the "predominance". In fact, it's the same as the number of very conservative states on the list. According to Cook PVI, the bluest state - Vermont - and the reddest state - Utah - are both on the list. Maybe that ought to tell you something.
And Jerry was at least right about his state, which is just above the top 10 at #40. But mostly, it looks like you can't determine things like teen pregnancy by the overall ideology of a state.
Last edited by Dav; 06-07-10 at 02:25 PM.
i think the dad went over the top, particularly if the images had not been anywhere but between the two of them.. additionally if you consider that she obviously was allowed to "spend alot of time out of view" so to speak; what did he expect with so much freedom?
though in a bit of contrast, i cant say that i wouldnt do something as crazy over my daughter, if the intent were to slander..
as for the questions of "legal age of consent", ill throw this out... i was 17 when i enlisted.
seems im capable enough to pick up a weapon to keep the wolf away, but i couldnt drink, couldnt vote and i couldnt legally consent to sex.. is that a bunch of crap or what?
they(the state/federal govt) sure didnt mind me filing income taxes since 15, but i still wasnt viewed as being capable of consent to.. well.. anything.. until the magical moment i turned 18.
who makes these imaginary lines of consent?
and why are there so many variations by state?
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