There's no magical change on your 16th birthday. Basically there are two ways of looking at it:
Either it's an issue of responsibility, in which case, setting an arbitrary age is the only realistic way. But why 16? Practically everything else is 18. People in this country can legally have sex before they can learn to drive. If it's about responsibility, is that really the right way round?
Alternatively, it's about paedophilia. In which case, the decision should be on an individual basis. I've met 14 year olds who are so far through puberty that they could pass for adults. Equally, I know a girl my age who gets taken for 12 a lot of the time.
So, why 16?
But there has also got to be an age where a teenager is recognised as an adult, whether that 16 year old wants to now legally go off with a 50 year old man is something which we could discuss all night to the actual reasons behind it.
We know some girls look older, but the sickening thing is that there are men who once they go with a 15 year old, will make no qualms about going younger.
I do not agree with men marrying girls as young as nine, no doubt there are many out there who will disagree, but as it stands, in ENGLAND it is illegal, and I hope it stays that way and we do not change it because some think it is ok!!
It is also illegal to abuse children, so once you allow an adult to have sex with a minor, you are basically telling the child thats how it is! THATS WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!