When is State Intervention in Child-Related Matters Justified ? The UK’s proposed “Cinderella Law”. Tim Veater.
Tim Veater Sexual attraction and activity is hard wired into human physiology and psychology and evolves progressively with age. It cannot and does not just switch-on at a certain age and therefore we must attempt and come to terms with the reality - whatever that might be. Of course humans are not unique in this regard. They share sex with all plants and animals to various degrees that also determine what is possible and acceptable. The two must be distinguished. In human affairs this also applies. What is possible is not always socially and/or ethically and/or legally acceptable. Hopefully we base legal, and particularly criminal, rules on rational thought rather than emotional, although the latter is almost always involved. Humans share much in common with animals even in the emotional sphere but have a more advanced intellectual palette that enables deductive, inductive and abductive reasoning that has spawned our present technological world. It also involves moral/ethical judgements. There are often inconsistencies between theory and practice in this regard. There are also differences between cultures. It raises the question as to whether moral parameters are objective or subjective? What I think is non-negotiable in the realm of sexual conduct, is the principle of 'consent' but even this can give rise to problems. Apologies for 'going on'.