at 25 May 2006: 19:15
>>577 Being verbose and pedantic is an annoying habit of mine, I'm sure. I blame over-education, and being too smart/well read for my own good. Sorry.
And sorry to disappoint, but cultural mores *could* be 'right', and in this case they *are* certainly justified, but only to a certain extent.
I fully agree that protecting children from negative sexual experiences/influences is a good and necessary thing. I don't agree that all sexual experiences are _automatically_ negative for all children, or even most children. I don't agree that children are essentially asexual automatons until some magical age is reached, and I believe that treating them as such is unfair, and often damaging.
Objective observation of children left to their own devices lends support to the idea that children, even prepubescent children, DO experience an interest in, and curiousity about, sexual things. Denying that in favor of what cultural norms wants you to believe is foolish... Yet it's exactly what the 'authorities' in our society do.
Our culture finds it comforting to believe all sexual behavior among children is the result of 'evil', outside influences, and as such, that all incidences of child sexual behavior is immoral and 'wrong'. This is contrary to observed reality, and contrary to the personal experiences of almost ever person who's honestly considered the idea (at least if we can believe all written accounts of child sexual activity aren't writen by sneaky, evil pro-pedophillia advocates...).
Our culture has chosen to uphold this contrary-to-reality belief even to the extent of punishing children themselves for things they had no moral understanding of, nor even any moral association with. In short, our culture takes what is natural, innocent behavior for sub-adult humans and deemed it as evil as any adult who's ever raped a child is. It's normalized extremist behavior - Cultural hysteria at it's finest.
I can't support that idea, nor believe it's 'right', but maybe you can. I'm not going to try to convince you one way or the other, nor can I seriously give the discussion all the time and space it'd require to even try - At the very least it's 'off topic' and at root I just can't be bothered. I'll be happy if I can think I made even one person reconsider the idea of 'children and sex' in any way outside of the culturally constructed paradigm that may or may not be 'right'.
I believe it was Einstein who said "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
(And sorry about any spelling errors, I tend to be a sloppy typer when I'm thinking, and my spellcheck isn't installed yet...)