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AndreaW
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luvx
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The United States ought to set a solid Age of Consent.

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luvx
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/16/2013 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AndreaW

Con

The age at which one is considered a legal adult in the US is 18. What defines a legal adult is the ability to legally work, participate in contracts, vote, marry, give sexual content, and join the military. The state's right to setting the Age of Consent for that state is hereby revoked and is now a decision of the federal government for the entire US.
If you're not a legal adult, you shouldn't be able to do adult things. They set an appropriate age for a reason.
luvx

Pro

Age is an arbitrary and over-simplistic way of determining whether one should have rights. I will use shoe size as an example. One shoe size does not fit everyone of the same age, neither should the law. Laws should be flexible, allowing competent persons to make decisions. The definition of competent is someone who has reached 13 years old and adequate mental capacity to manage their affairs.


Before the industrial revolution it was common for people to marry at 13. People were considered adults after puberty. Adolescence was invented in the 20th century as compulsory schooling laws strengthened, marketers targeted that age group and government was interested in controlling that age group.

Debate Round No. 1
AndreaW

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luvx

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Before the industrial revolution it was common for people to marry at the age 13. "Adolescence" was a recent invention in the western world as government became more interested in the utilization of and fostering of the young adult as well as controlling commercial enterprises targeted at this age group. Instead of forcing young people into a school system we could have young people starting businesses, becoming scientists, etc.


Debate Round No. 2
AndreaW

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luvx

Pro

I win. YAY!
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