1- Rupert Murdoch (82 years old), one of Australia's richest men, divorces third wife (44 years old).
2- Mary, mother of Jesus (13 years), married Joseph, possibly/probably as second wife (30 years).
So most of us understand that paedophilia is the line that should not be crossed. And though some ancient society's had different rules and did indeed see nothing wrong with paedophilia, my question is not about them but about us. When we come to age and sexuality, what do you think is acceptable? What religion are you, and what do you base your opinion on? In ancient society, marrying a 13-year old was normal. Today we prosecute adults who have sex with 13-year olds. And we have social taboos about age differences - though the rich don't seem to abide by them (see Rupert Murdoch as one example).
To put this into a personal focus, a friend of mine was 28 (I was 26 at the time). He was dating an 18-year old. Two years later they split up, and shortly after, as a 30-year old he was dating an 18-year old again. Two years later they split.... you get the idea (yes, I think he had a late-teen fetish, but that's not really the point).
I'm 33 years old. Yesterday I was propositioned by a 19-year old (yes, I look young for my age)....
And just to add another personal focus, my mother was 28 when she met my 38-year old father. I was born when mum was 30 and dad was 40. Obviously, a 12-year old meeting a 22-year old has some social issues to work with, but 28-year old meeting a 38-year old, not so much, so where is the "cut off" if there is one?
So what is your religion, and how does it affect your views on sexuality with people of various ages and age differences (is 13 years old, old enough for sex, and what about the age difference between the couple - where does marriage fit in? Is a 13-year old of marriageable age? Is it morally acceptable for a 45-year old to marry a 19-year old?).
You get the idea. Discuss
~ Regards, PA
Edited by Paranoid Android, 15 June 2013 - 02:53 PM.