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That 16-17 year olds can't go into a sex shop

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nappyaddict Thu 18-Aug-11 19:12:54

They can get married, leave home, get a full time job and have sexual intercourse amongst other things. So they can be pleasured by a real penis but not by a fake one? Bit arse about face isn't it?

YoungishBag Thu 18-Aug-11 19:15:54

Yes, and they also can't drink.

However I'm in favour of raising the age of all those things to 18 (apart from sex) rather than lowering anything.

Particularly now that education is now compulsory to 18.

pointydog Thu 18-Aug-11 19:23:36

It's sorta like, we know it's legal to have sex at 16 but we strongly discourage it.

LadyOfTheManor Thu 18-Aug-11 19:24:26

I think it should all be raised to 21, especially voting.

That'll teach the bastards.

addictediam Thu 18-Aug-11 19:42:47

Education is compulsory till 18?! Since when?

kickingking Thu 18-Aug-11 19:48:03

I have always found this extremely odd.

A 16/17 year old can have have sex, indeed consent to any sex act, but they can't passively watch others having sex on film, even fake sex.

They can get married but they can't take out a mortgage, a tenancy agreement, a loan or a credit card.

They can join the army, but they cannot vote for the government that makes the decisions about war.


TheMagnificentBathykolpian Thu 18-Aug-11 20:07:40

I know. We should just pick a bloody age at which someone is an adult and can
have sex
sign contracts
have a mortgage
have children
etc etc

I mean, at the moment, like you say, you could have a girl with a child, married, and at school, unable to vote...

It's a mess.

I think there is something to be said for saying ok, you are an adult at 18 (I'd prefer 21! Most 18yr olds I come across are still very much children) and at that point, you can do all these things.

nappyaddict Fri 19-Aug-11 09:44:45

But then they wouldn't be able to move out until they were 21 ...

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Fri 19-Aug-11 09:45:42

HA! How many of them do anyway? grin

How many move out before they're bloody THIRTY these days? grin

WeShouldOpenABar Fri 19-Aug-11 09:47:35

I was going into sex shops when I was seventeen- I know it for a fact because my very thoughtful gift to all my girlfriends on their 18th birthdays were rampant rabbits - the gift that keeps on giving!

ragged Fri 19-Aug-11 09:48:47

But 16-17yos already know everything about everything and have their lives all sorted, what could they possibly learn or need from going into a sex shop? wink grin

Am only half-joking. Because I am sure that at age 16-17 I would have thought Sex Shops were only for losers who had forgotten how to do it properly.

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