Saturday, May 25, 2013

Age of Majority, Age of Consent, Age of Stupidity, Age of Moral Panic

I'm sure you instantly see all that's wrong with this local headline, as I did when reading it over breakfast — Man, 18, accused of sending naked pictures to teens. Maybe it should have been worded "Eighteen-year-old accused of sending naked pictures to teens" or "Teen accused of sending naked pictures to teens."

"The teens were not physically abused," but nevertheless the boy — I mean the teen — I mean the man — is "facing felony charges," specifically "two counts of first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, attempted first-degree coercion, third-degree criminal solicitation and use of a child in a sexual performance," as well as "two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal solicitation," etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. "One of the teens complied" with his request "to send him some naked photos in return." Quelle horreur!

First of all, if this kid had done this a couple of months earlier, it would have all been fun and games, the digital era's version of "playing doctor," right? Second, any parent who surrenders his authority to the Nanny State as these girls'es have done should have thought a bit deeper about the vocation to parenthood. Third, I guess we "The People of the State of New York" will send this poor kid to prison where he'll be the victim of state-sanctioned gang rape, on a daily if not hourly basis, and all pat ourselves on the back for having "protected our children" from a "sexual predator." Free Anthony Vullo!

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