Legal Fiction

Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“I disagree that legal minors ‘cannot’ consent to sex. Our society doesn’t allow them to consent due to the possible consequences. It does, however, allow them to consent to some other things due to the potential consequences being (correctly or incorrectly) perceived as acceptable. … There is no magical moment of ‘Shazam!’ at which teens are mystically imbued with the ability to consent, but there are various arbitrary legal lines at which society recognizes their consent to various things as valid.” (06/10/21)