Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Age of Consent.

Age of Consent (film)

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As seen on Trademe Opinion.

This judge must be a mate of Phill Goffs.... he wanted the age of consent lowered to 12!

And not without good reason.

Such a move would demonstrate a far more enlightened justice/health approach than is evident now.

While Goff was shot down by one-sided media storm better described as a moral panic, no one seemed to notice that our age of consent laws are 'Victorian' by world standards. They smack of intolerance (that is the USA model after all) and protect youth poorly. Further evidence [such] laws do a very poor job of defining 'morality'. Most of Europe and 'educated' countries like Canada understand this issue. We collectively do not. And because of that, we endanger our children in the mistaken belief 'if it just saves one kid'.

I look forward to a more informed debate surrounding age of consent but doubtless we will lurch on jaw gnashing 'morality in hope' the law if only applied with more retributive 'get tough' teeth - will work eventually.

It will not.

(Canada, AOC is 14 with 2yr difference rule same as proposed by Goff. )

Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›

Social Ecologist 'at large'

ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219

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