Gone But Not Forgotten
- Feb 7, 2004
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At that time there was no such construct as adolescence; a girl in the 7th or 8th grade (which in Canada would be ages 11-13) would be considered a young adult, not a child. Marry young, pump out kids, die horribly of some post-partum complication by age 25. How much choice would those young brides have had if their parents thought well of the schoolmaster and wanted to get the girls out of the house?OldTimeRadio said:On the United States frontier, down to the time of the Civil War, the young schoolmaster moving to town fresh out of normal school was not only permitted but EXPECTED to choose his bride from amongst his seventh and eighth grade girls.theyithian said:Does anyone actually believe that paedophilla is more prevailent today than say one hundred years or more ago, or is it just that it is revealed more often?
Of course, you could argue that today the life period known as adolescence tends to stretch into the 20s and beyond, i.e. still economically dependent on parents, delaying of career and marriage, etc. However, rightly or wrongly, in today's mores, prepubescents are considered children, and western society believes that children should be protected from sexual encounters for which they are mentally, physically and emotionally unprepared.
On that note, I've heard a rumour (don't ask where) that Gary Glitter may be repatriated back to Britain this spring but can't find independent (or non-tabloid) confirmation. Anyone else heard this?