Ms. Pope, in responding to my post on age of consent laws really misses my point. First, this is a blog by a criminal defense lawyer-not a political partisan (at least in this context). When I say I think the use of sex education activities by state actors in a consensual statutory rape case would be interesting-I mean exactly that. It is purely schizophrenic for the state to on the one hand be teaching youngsters that sexual choices are purely their own, how to put on condoms and here's some free birth control for middle schoolers and on the other that some other person should be criminally charged for having sex with that same middle schooler.
BUT WHILE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC:
I'll stack 1950's family stats against 21st century family stats any day of the week. While some conservatives can be fairly characterized as hypocritical on the subject of sex, hypocrisy at least has the benefit of recognizing that there is a "true north" even if the particular person holding the compass lacks the moral strength to stay on the path. The alternative is no common path and no set of common sense rules to guide us to a happy family life. Rules which the Left loves to portray as outmoded religious mores with no application in the modern world, restrictive, patriarchal or whatever are rules which at their core are common sense rules for living life in the particular corner of the animal kingdom which we inhabit.
To more directly answer Ms. Pope who says I slam feminists despite feminists "single handedly being responsible for making teenage girls aware of the awesome costs and responsibilities of becoming sexually active" I ask this: At what point does Ms. Pope say they took on that role? When that point is then fixed, let's look at the illegitimacy and abortion rates before and after and see which social scheme was the more effective.