Re: Sex, authority, and social norms

Yak Wax (
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 12:11:08 -0800 (PST)

Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> I'll go with Ander's comments and the addition that a lot of
> interesting work has been done in philosophy and anthropology in
> navigating different mental states. Some of it pushes the
> boundaries of traditional psychology, but in a sound methodological
> manner. I would highly recommend Oliver Sack's book _An
> Anthropologist on Mars_.
> That being said, we're still a far cry from recommending sexual
> activities prior to proper maturity, and I don't think you will find
> any sound research in any field to support it.

You've made a big mistake here, I don't want to "recommend sexual
activities prior to proper maturity" I want to not "stop sexual
activity before 'proper maturity.'" Thus, it is not up to me to prove
anything, but up to you to prove that we *do* need to stop sexual
activities before maturity. So how do you determine "proper
maturity"? What damage does not having an 'age of consent' do to a
person or society?

You haven't once criticised the ideas I expressed, instead you
criticise the lack of books on the subject. New ideas don't come in
print form, and sometimes it's worth looking at things from a
different perspective.

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