Monday, 21 October 2013

Attractive Adult Woman accuses Dead Adult Man of Trying it On, Breaking No Law

From the Daily Mail:

Amanda Holden has revealed how Jimmy Savile made lewd comments suggesting he wanted to 'give her one' when she was a teenager being treated in hospital.

The TV personality, 42, was just 19 when she met Savile at Leeds General Infirmary while she was being treated for a cut finger.

She told how the shamed Top Of The Pops presenter made a string of 'lame' jokes before offering to give her a gynaecological problem.

Ian B on Tim Worstall's blog comments is convinced that there's a campaign to raise the age of consent to 18, and it's journalists saying "just 19" that's part of that. You push the idea that 19 is a vulnerable age, and well, of course 17 is ridiculous.

But I have to wonder... when did we start infantilising young adults, and why?

When I was a lad, I had a shop job at 15. You now have to have staff CRB checked if you have such a staff member. I was learning to drive at 17, which various groups seem to want to change. We're going to have even more kids at school until they're 18, even though it's a waste of time. No-one took the drinking age too seriously - we certainly didn't have ID card schemes in pubs, which meant that 16 year olds got served.


Ian Hills said...

When I was 14 I had sex with Felicity Kendal every time I watched an episode of The Good Life. I am now suing her for maximum compo as I went blind by the age of 15.

Graeme said...

isn't the real argument that each child varies - you can state an age for consent to sex but some kids are sexually mature at 12 and others at 22. This is not an area where it is possible to draw sharp boundaries. And this should be reflected in the legal system....which obviously finds it easier to deal with sharp boundaries.

Bayard said...

"when did we start infantilising young adults, and why?"

Well, the more young adults are legally unemployable, the lower the figures for youth unemployment.

Lola said...

IH Some men still are.....

L fairfax said...

Ironically at the same time people like Ed Milliband want 16 year olds to have the right to vote.
So at 16 you will be able to vote for a government that starts a war but not fight in it!

Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed, Ian B might be on to something, I also second the previous comments, nothing more to add.