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  • the ones under 18 should be considered child

    27 39.71%
  • the ones under 14 should be considered child

    11 16.18%
  • the ones under 21 should be coınsidered child

    7 10.29%
  • the ones over 14 should be allowed to marry too

    4 5.88%
  • the ones under 14 or 15 shouldnt be allowed to have sex if they are child

    7 10.29%
  • they are not child if they have physical maturity

    1 1.47%
  • they need both emotional and physical maturity to have sex

    11 16.18%
  • it depends on individual differences

    14 20.59%
  • l dont care

    2 2.94%
  • others

    14 20.59%
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Thread: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Well, all I've been saying is the age gap needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis, as well as any extenuating circumstances that exist, with an awareness of how things have changed, like puberty coming earlier and the way our society sexualizes people at a younger age.

    Never said I was okay with 20somethings having sex with teenagers... just that I don't think it is the same crime or warrants the same punishment as an adult raping a 10yo.
    That depends upon the mentality of the child involved. It would be NEARLY impossible to figure that out without extensive psychiatric evaluations. Therefore, we go by our age of consent laws.

    Men (and women at times) can avoid being labelled as sexual predator by simply avoiding those types of relationships. It is personal responsibility for yourself and your freedom. Just like any laws, if you break them you should expect to pay the price. If you are unwilling to accept the penalty, then don't commit the crime.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Yes, but as you noted, times have changed. Also, we have learned much more about children and teenagers than we ever knew in the past. Should we just ignore those scientific advances and go back to our old ignorant times when we treated children as miniature adults?
    Nope. The infantilization is, after all, mostly a sad side effect of the need for longer schooling period.

    As I said, whatever is the current consensus is OK. 18? So be it. It is a somewhat arbitrary number, but some number is necessary. 21 would be OK as well.
    But let's not insult common sense by banning cigarette sales to people who are "mature" enough to be voters, parents and soldiers.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Right. Because we know things about children and teenagers that we didn't used to know, the general consensus is that having sex and/or marrying young children and teens is not a wise nor very acceptable practice. Hence, age of consent laws.
    polygamy is not acceptable either
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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    I believee the age should be 18
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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I believee the age should be 18
    l saw it..
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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    That depends upon the mentality of the child involved. It would be NEARLY impossible to figure that out without extensive psychiatric evaluations. Therefore, we go by our age of consent laws.

    Men (and women at times) can avoid being labelled as sexual predator by simply avoiding those types of relationships. It is personal responsibility for yourself and your freedom. Just like any laws, if you break them you should expect to pay the price. If you are unwilling to accept the penalty, then don't commit the crime.

    A sixteen year old may be legally a child, but not in the same sense as a 10yo is a child. That's my main point, and you seem to be either missing it or ignoring it.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I believe it should be 18.


    I agree, unless it is my daughter, at which case the age is at least a year after my death but not less than 36

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    Nope. The infantilization is, after all, mostly a sad side effect of the need for longer schooling period.

    As I said, whatever is the current consensus is OK. 18? So be it. It is a somewhat arbitrary number, but some number is necessary. 21 would be OK as well.
    But let's not insult common sense by banning cigarette sales to people who are "mature" enough to be voters, parents and soldiers.
    That is why I say 18 across the board. If you are old enough to fight in a war, then you are old enough to drink and give consent to sex, etc. Also, I prefer the age of 18, not as just an arbitrary age, but because I think it is the smart thing to at least give the poor kids enough time to finish an education and be children before we marry them off for goodness sake. You may think it is "infantile" but I disagree. Teens have a track record for responsibility that generally is NOT good.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    should a man age of 21 be charged with pedohilia and convicted of having sex with a child age of 14 15 0r 16 ?

    when should a person be considered adult ?

    my purpose in starting this thread is not to justify this action

    l just wonder why a person has to be accused of being a pedohilie although he is not sexually interested in little children

    many of the teenagers have the physical maturity to have sex and give birth although not all of them can be emotionally mature to marry and raise their babies.

    if 3 or more adults over 18 can have sex together or marry if polygamy is legalized , why is a person considered pervert pedohilie only because he had sex with a girl who is mature enough to menstruate ?

    if both of them are consent to have sex ,what is teh problem ?

    they dont seem more disturbing than polygamic lovers
    I think it is impossible to put an exact age on this. Maturity varies a great deal with upbringing. You can raise children or adults, your choice. In the USA, it is common for parents to raise children instead of adults. Goo goo, gaa gaa, teaching childish language inaccuracies, cutesy childish behaviours, as opposed to raising them as adults and participating in discussions on all matters their communication skills support and those skills will encourage mental skills. The same applies to their physical skills. Sex! They must understand the enormity of impact upon some people and be prepared. The first preparation is understanding that all of the impacts are not immediate nor apparent. Combine mental, physical and communication skills to be prepared.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    A sixteen year old may be legally a child, but not in the same sense as a 10yo is a child. That's my main point, and you seem to be either missing it or ignoring it.
    I'm not missing or ignoring anything. There are PLENTY of 16-year-olds who act even less mature than a 10-year-old. My point is that our age of consent laws are based on the fact that generally 16 year olds are NOT mature enough to make such life-altering decisions and to have such responsibilities.

    Do disagree with that point? Do you think that 16-year-olds are as capable as 25-year-olds when it comes to decision-making and coping skills?

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