Miss Teen Delaware USA saga introduces another issue: 18 years old as legal age to appear in you-know-what
As a judge sets a new court date for ex-Miss Delaware Teen USA - Melissa King - to respond to a theft charge from Ocean City, Maryland, a WASHINGTON POST columnist has used Melissa King's (apparent) apperance in an adult video as the departure point for a debate over the age of consent for appearing in such videos.
We have an interesting 18/21 divergence in this country.
At 18, you can vote, join the military, etc.
But as columnist Charles Lane points out, you have to be 21 even to ENTER a liquor store in Delaware (unaccompanied by an adult). Ditto for purchasing a firearm from a Federally licensed dealer; gambling in most casinos; or engaging in public R- or X-rated activities in most jurisdictions.
The age of consent is very much arbitrary and capricious.
You could make an argument it takes a lot more maturity for an 18-year-old to go into combat in Afghanistan than it takes for him to drink a beer, yet according to society, that 18-year-old isn't 'mature' enough to handle said beer.
It should really be reversed where the age to get alcohol is 18 years old, but you're not eligible for the military until age 21.
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 1:19pm
The drinking was lowered to 18 back in the day during Viet Nam. It was eventually raised back to 21 due to the increased deaths on the highways.
However, my belief is if you can go die for your country then you should be able to legally have a beer (the argument we all used back then).
The age of consent for sexual stuff should be 18. Below 18 should be considered "jail bait" whether she/he consented or was forced. In other words, 18 is the magic year where you become a legal adult in the US. You get to vote; you get to drink; you can be drafted into the military where you could die fighting wars for your nation; you can have consenting sex with whomever you choose that is 18 or older, and you can go to the casino and lose your money.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 1:48pm
I'm fascinated as to how someone twenty or under could legally "star" in a porn film, yet be arrested for watching themselves because they were doing so while being underage....
We've got to fix that.
And while I'm here, I get very saddened when a 20-year-old University student gets charged with underage drinking, ruining his whole life with an arrest record, and I know full well by their age, that peers of the officer, the judge, and everyone in the court, were all drinking illegally at age 18... and of course, had no damage done.
All said, I endorse the over 21 alcohol level, even at the point of making me a hypocrite, and I do so because of science. Science points out that the brain continues to grow until age 20... I think that is a fair reason for drawing the line at that age.... Seriously. Damaging your brain should be illegal.
I also think starring in a porn film should not be allowed for someone too young to legally view it. I think the age should be raised. An 18-year-old is more apt to agree impetuously as apparently from her tweets, did Ms Delaware, only to regret it just days later. A 21-year-old, just because of having lived a few more years as an adult, is more capable of better judgment....
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 2:06pm
They should either make 18 or 21 the age of consent for all the subjects listed above...it has always seemed crazy to me that a person is considered adult enough to join the military (also old enough to drive a car)...yet that person is viewed as too young to purchase a weapon, drink an adult beverage, or rent a car.
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 5:47pm
I'm sticking with 18 for all the above issues including voting. Make one age the age where you legally have all the rights of being an adult as well as all the responsibilities, including the legal ones.
One problem with extending childhood to 21 is the parents would still be legally responsible for the actions of that college aged adult who more than likely will choose to disobey the law in some manner. Also that would also require that divorced fathers pay an addition 2 years in child support so their so called "minor child" can go and party it up at college on Dad's dime. No, I say 18 is the magic year.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 6:15pm
At this point in my life, I really don't care if it's 18 or 21, but they should make up their cotton-pickin' minds.
As for the article, Congress can pass all the laws they want, but the internet is world-wide. They'll just go star somewhere else in the world where it's legal.
Hey, I thought Melissa King said it wasn't her in that video.
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