How does concern about sex predators turn into this?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 @ 1:43 pm | Legal

Arresting and stigmatizing kids who have sex:

It takes so little for this happen to a child. A girl in school has oral sex with a boy in school. She becomes a sex offender for the rest of her life. Streaking a school event, as a practical joke, becomes a sex crime in the new America. Two kids “moon” a passerby and are incarcerated in jail as sex offenders, where they may well learn a lesson or two about rape. A teenager, who takes a sexy of photo of him, or herself, is paraded around the community as a “child pornographer” for the rest of his or her life. Two kids in the back seat of a car have fumbling sex. The law says one is an offender because the other is a “victim.” One week later, a birthday passes, and it is no longer a crime. One week’s difference and a life is ruined. In other cases an act that is legal on Monday is illegal on Tuesday because the older of the two turned one year older. That becomes enough to qualify him, or her, as an offender.

I’m sure rightwing puritanism has nothing to do with this, and Republicans can join Democrats in repealing this insane criminalization of youth.

-jb

5 Responses to “How does concern about sex predators turn into this?”

  1. Zach Rock Says:

    Has anyone ever taken roll for every law maker who passes these types of laws?

    I’d really like to see it so I can know who not to acknowledge.

  2. Yorkshire Says:

    Thank a lawyer everytime this insanity happens. With Zero Tolerance, which equals Zero Thinking because no one in any apparent authority wants to be sued. So, we take situations and thinking out of it now in favor of absolute lunacy.

  3. Yorkshire Says:

    Jeromy, this should get a lot of discussion, I hope. Because this goes to the heart of what is wrong in general. The world has gone insane along with all of its inhabitants. Too many laws. Too many conflicting laws. Too many laws not allowing disgression and the opposite where there is a really bad guy, too much disgression. You’re right, it’s not a left/right thing, it’s we as a society have lost our minds thing.

  4. Gawker Says:

    There are a lot of factors involved there but not least amongst them is the “not my child!” pathology. Everybody wants to think that if their son/daughter is engaged in sexual activity then it was obviously under diress. Sorry to break it to some people but there are a lot of sixteen year olds out there that are plenty ready to f*ck! And sorry to break it to you but they do f*ck!!

  5. mike Says:

    Tis true, wingers are brought to a frothing mania by the thought of their daughters having sex. The only thing that freaks them out more is the possibility of their sons being gay. God help those who actually are.