The following discussion questions a very basic moral value of present day Western society. As such, it is highly taboo: The American Psychological Association interviewed individuals 18 and over who when they were under 18 had sexual relations with people 18 and over. The interviewed people, after they became 18 and over, claimed that they were not currently experiencing any type of emotional dysfunction due to their sexual experiences. They said that the experiences were pleasurable and that they had no regrets. The American Psychological Association (APA) published their findings, and religious leaders and politicians joined forces and launched a severe ad hominem bombardment upon the APA for their conclusion that minors are not psychologically harmed by having sexual relations with someone 18 and over. Thus, the current public support of age of consent laws is not based on scientific fact, but superstition, similar to the majority belief in deities, the Soul, and the Afterlife. As an anecdote, I remember myself as a 15 year old male and all the radical sexual thoughts I used to have about various 18 and over females and what I would have greatly enjoyed doing to them had they consented - I would not be regretting it right now. Here is a thought that may greatly disturb feminists: All males right now that are 40 and over, they were once 15 and may have had sexual relations with their female school mates who were of ages 14, 15, and 16. These experienes are still in the memory of the now 40 year old men: they remember the now "pedophilic" imagery in their heads of the 14, 15, and 16 year old females they were with when the males themselves were 15 year old. So, since these experiences are still in the now 40 year old males, would they be "evil closet pedophiles with child molesting fantasies"? Is this not a delemma for feminists: they now have to consider arresting every single male in the Western world who had relations when they themselves were minors and who currently have that memory still in their heads: the memories of explicit situations with underage females. Of course, the feminists don't have much of a problem with adult females having relations with underage males: this is why adult females just receive "a slap on the wrist" when caught engaging in statutory rape, while males get 15 or more years in prison. Consider the recent example of a female teacher who had sex with her students: she only got a few years of probation and lost her teaching liscense. Male teachers on the other hand get 15 or more years for the same crime in state prisons where they will most likely be homosexually raped and beaten and probably given STDs by other inmates: male prison rape data: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/prison/ http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1195495 http://www.spr.org/ http://www.vachss.com/help_text/prison_rape.html http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/08/23/prisons/ What is the difference between a 15 year old having sexual relations with a 17 year old, versus having the relation with a 22 year old? In each case, she is doing the same stuff with a male human. As such, it seems irrational to me that such laws exist, except for the sole reason of finding ways to vilify and imprison males. But in any case, if this is what the Western male is satisfied with, then that is what he will vote for. But such anti-male policies don't currently exist in China. Finally, I ask any of the males here who are now 18 and over: when you were under 18, did you have sexual relations with other females who were also under the age of 18? If yes, are these memories still in your head? If yes, are you now disgusted by the images? Or are they pleasant memories? If you did not automatically and instantly find the memories revolting at the very micro-second you became 18 years of age, would that make you a closet pedophile?