First of all, this will reduce the amount of risk that a child may commit sexual acts, significantly. This will also reduce unwanted children as somebody else stated on this poll. This will also give children an easier path to college and education. Additionally, this will reduce the amount of excessive social liberalism that many people in the youth experience today, since it's dangerous.
If You make the age of consent 21 it could reduce unwanted Children. It would also make it easier to go through college or start in a career. The risk of a child your not ready to raise is a problem that last a lot longer then a hang over.
It should be raised from 18 to at least 21. It won't necessarily stop people from doing the deed in the bedroom, But it will make them reconsider doing so. The problem is the number of unwanted children that are born and the procedures which follow. This is especially if they cannot take care of those children.
The rational part of a teen's brain isn't fully developed and won't be until age 25 or so. . . . Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, The brain's rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. I myself have suffered from making life-changing decisions before 25. I am now 27. I realize that I wasn't ready to make such life-changing decisions in my early 20's. Discovering this information makes me realize why I wasn't ready to make those decisions.
Just think about it for a second. Adolescents are considered too young to give consent because they are still immature and not fully developed. That stuff doesn’t magically change just because a person is 18. 21 makes more sense as the age of consent because by that point, the average person will have been fully developed, and would be much more mature than an 18 year old.
Childhood is much longer than it used to be because we are a wealthier society and life is more intellectually/academically demanding. In this contect college kids (especially boys) are still just kids with adult bodies. They don't think about the consequences or know how to respect themselves because their urges are often so strong. Sex at that age is often a bad experience that does emotional damage. Unwanted pregnancies through drunken encounters or irresponsible one night stands can ruin the lives of everyone involved and lead to unnecessary abortions.
I don't recommend jail for college kids that have sex, but it should still be formally illegal and college kids should be empowered through education to respect their bodies, be extensively taught about the possible consequences, physical and emotional and encouage to abstain until they are able to make less hormone charged decisions. College age kids found to be engaging in sexual activity should be counseled and face some form of intervention.
We do not legally allow drinking under 21, why do we think it is OK for kids to have sex?
Most guys are not ready, I was not and thank god I did not have sex. Girls are not either but are often pressured. This is not about religon for me or any dogma, it's just common sense. It requires a change in attitude of society. Kids should receive sex education and abstinence education so the mistery is removed and they know why they shouldn't do it emowering them to make good decisions later in college.
The woman has the right to choose (don't get me wrong)but it would be better if they were loved for who they are. Not what they look like or how young they are. People go for 18 year olds bc of there looks. Dont be that person and help raise the age.
What's the difference between 2 days? Not much imo. The age of consent is still as low as 16 in some places, its revolting. Men prey on girls who just turned 18 due to their still girl-like qualities which is borderline pedophilic. At 21, a woman is almost fully developed and will not be pursued for her prepubescent qualities.
Prisons are already filled with juvi lifers without parole in spite of Miller vs Alabama and judges refuse to give them a chance. Also at what point does it stop? Keep raising the ages and he courts will be more overflowed and all the cases will end in hung juries due to voir dire... Excuse parents but keep on single males on juries.
I saw a case of two thirteen year olds being charged with statutory rape for having sex with one another.
I have seen various cases of people dating, having consensual relations, and then because one of the people had a birthday, their actions become illegal. Again, nonsensical scenarios, so we need to go about this in a smarter way.
We need to strengthen laws around consent from a functional standpoint, and hammer down on cases where it is abuse of power, not set some arbitrary line where kids can be prosecuted for doing the stupid things kids do. If we focus instead on the nature of what makes sex for the underage wrong, I think we would be a lot better off.
In all cases, an adult having sex with a minor is wrong. It is not the arbitrary age that is the factor, though. It is the predatory actions, the grooming, the taking advantage of a vulnerable person, that is the problem.
As well, this removes the stupid aspect of the law where you are basically telling a person what they can and can't do with their own body. The young need to be protected, but there has to be a better way than an arbitrary line in the sand.
A lot of people think lowering the age of consent will increase teen pregnancy while the US (one of the only countries in the developed world to have it as high as 18) has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the first world. The average age of consent among western countries is 16 years old. Where are all the news stories about how were so much better at keeping our kids from getting pregnant than these other first world countries? Germany's teen pregnancy rate is about a third or a quarter of ours and there age of consent is 14! They are one of the most educated countries in the world with a 0.884 out of 1in the education index as of 2013.
The drinking age three years past when a person is in the real world has a more clear etiology. During prohibition no one was allowed alcohol. This was per Constitutional amendment. Probably the only way the Federal Government had around the extant Tenth Amendment. While subsidized Higher Education has followed an increased trajectory, actual public education ends about 18 (although roughly 75% change age during the American school year). The workforce would not function as we know it since a person over 21 should wisely refuse to drive alone with an 18 to 20 year old co-working.
In all states minors can still legally have sex with one another and in a lot of states minors can legally have sex with people at or above the age of consent as long as they are within a few years of their age. I live in Tennessee, and here a person at or above the age of consent can legally have sex with a minor as long as they are within four years of their age.
In all states minors can still legally have sex with other minors and sometimes even with people at or over the age of consent as long as they're within a certain amount of years of there age. For example, I live in Tennessee, and here the age of consent is 18, but you can legally have sex with a minor as long as they're within four years of your age.
As of the age of 18 you are legally an adult, therefore you can do as you please without harming anyone. If the government says that you're old enough to support yourself, go to college, and pay taxes you should be able to be sexually active without getting in trouble. I also think that the same should go for drinking, considering that you can legally make decisions for yourself.
Assuming we're talking about the same concept here, you need to be an adult to be able to give informed consent *for anything*, barring exceptional cases dependent upon the person and not what it is you're consenting to.
Assuming that you somehow aren't able to be 'properly' considered an adult at 21, then ALL laws need to account for this. That means no moving out of home (without becoming emancipated), no buying or looking at porn, no voting, no owning your own private property, no enlisting in the military, and no paying taxes as though you were an adult.
The people we're talking about are either capable of making decisions like whether they drink, have sex, join the military or vote, or they aren't. There is no compelling reason to believe that 'adulthood' REALLY begins at 21 rather than 18, and so no reason for age of consent laws to try saying that.
Just personally, I think the drinking age of 21 in the US is ridiculous, and I don't exactly think that's a very good watermark to be comparing anything else to.
No, it shouldn't. A person who's 18 years of age is perfectly capable of making decisions. The drinking age is also an absurd law. You can buy pornography, vote, die for your country, own a house, pay taxes, and have all the responsibilities of an adult, but you can't go to a bar and have a beer?
I understand we need an age for sexual consent, but 18 is fine. There's no reasons to change it.
Firstly, I would like to challenge the OP to explain to me how the age of sexual consent is related to the drinking age enough that they should be equal.
Secondly, if you raise the age at which people can have sex, you are effectively reducing the amount of people that can legally have sex. This could mean that there are more people arrested for sexual acts with minors.
Thirdly, increasing the age of sexual consent means that people will be more pressured not to have sex. This increased pressure will only result in increased levels of sexual stress which may be harmful to students who want to express their sexuality with their partners. Such increased stress may lead to additional cases of rape and molestation.
Fourthly, this would harm the porn industry, as there would be less people available to act in pornographic scenes. Lewd scenes depicting people under the age of 21 would be reduced to masturbation and strip teases only.
Therefore, the age of sexual consent should not be increased. Not to 21, or any other age for that matter.