It is just a question……….
I’m not gay myself but if I were I would be upset that Peter Tatchell had written an article today about lowering the legal age of consent to 14 years, thus making it look like gay men are potential child abusers.
Here is the article:
Law professor John Spencer of Cambridge University has created a huge controversy by suggesting a reduction in the current age of consent of 16. His proposals, broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Iconoclasts programme, with my support as a co-advocate, have been savaged by the Sun and the Daily Mail. Much of the criticism has been sensationalist and has misrepresented the case for a lower age of consent.
Like Spencer, I believe the time has come for a calm, rational reassessment of the age at which young people should be lawfully entitled to have sex. We need this debate because the current age of consent of 16 ignores reality.
Whether we like it or not, underage young people are having sex with each other. More than half of all teenagers have their first sexual experience by the age of 14, according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. All these sexually active young teens are branded by the law as criminals and sex offenders, lumped together with paedophiles. How can this be right?
Full Article – Guardian
The law, as it currently is, is actually very flexible. Very few young teenagers are tried for under age sex. Only mature adults who have sex with children under 16 years are prosecuted.
So why does Peter Tatchell want the law changed, isn’t sexual equality enough ?
Elsewhere, Tatchell has said:
The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy. While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.
This ‘philosophy’ is very similar to the views of convicted paedophile Peter Righton and other members of PIE who felt that only ‘harmful’ sex with childrens should be criminalised. They thought that adults should be allowed to have sex with 4 year olds.
I do not believe that gay people are paedophiles and if I were gay I’d be very angry that Tatchell had such a lead role as a spokesperson for the gay community.