Pederasts are people, too: Lower consent age to 13?
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
by Rebekah Maxwell
Roman Polanski has a hero. That hero’s name is Barbara Hewson, a prominent British barrister, who has taken up the cause of teen rapists as her new human rights plea.
The Daily Mail reports:
In comments that provoked outrage, Barbara Hewson called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 and for an end to the ‘persecution of old men’.
She said the crimes of Stuart Hall (who pleaded guilty to abusing children as young as nine years old) should be low-level misdemeanors.
She also called Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, which is investigating accusations against other well-known men, a ‘witch-hunting of aging celebs’ that ‘echoes the Soviet Union’ and ‘has nothing to do with justice.’
Miss Hewson, who is an abortion rights specialist, said the arrests were driven by the need to produce ‘scapegoats on demand.’
In the article Miss Hewson called the National Association for People Abused in Childhood ‘moral crusaders’ and ‘do-gooders’ who had infiltrated Yewtree, and claimed that ‘touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt’ were not comparable to famous rape and murder cases from the 1980s.
So a celebrated lawyer, who’s an “abortion rights specialist” says that the way to stop the poor old men being accused of molesting and raping teen girls is to stop considering a crime a crime. To stop providing legal protection to 14 year-olds, because they’re old enough to fend off the perverts themselves.
Ms. Hewson’s not alone.
Princeton professor Edmund White, is a literary and cultural critic (particularly on same-sex love and sexuality). He said “Hypocrisy and cynicism underlie the current crusade against inter-generational love. I predict that children’s liberation (inter-generational sex) will be the next great social movement in North America.”
Peter Tatchell, British gay activist and author, since the mid-1990s defends an equal (regardless of sexuality) age of consent of 14 in Britain. He has received support for his activism from the homosexual direct action group Outrage.
The North American Man-Boy Love Association has long advocated for the abolition of the age of consent, claiming that sexual exposure to older men is a positive, even necessary social experience for children. Though the wider LGBT movement distances itself from the organization, historic ties include Harry Hay, the famous gay rights activist, who supported NAMBLA and advocated for their inclusion in the LGBT movement, and gay-pride events.
And perhaps they ask the right question, Ms. Hewson. Why have an age of consent at all? If it’s not wrong or abusive for a 40-50 year old man to fondle a 15 year old girl, then why is it wrong to touch a 12 year-old? What’s perfect about the age of 13 for consent? Why not 11? Why not age 9? Why not just do away with child molestation laws altogether? Cannot they all be used as a means of “scapegoating” poor old (rich, white,) famous men?
After all, we’ve already thrown off the chains of the oppressive Natural Law. We’ve already decided that our accepted sexual morality varies with the tide of popular emotion. We already think, “if it feels good, do it,” or “anything goes between two consenting parties.”
We can’t impose our morality on others’ sexual urges. We can’t protect children from abuse because that would be limiting to others’ sexual needs and orientations. The best we can do is set up temporary standards. First 16, then 14, then 13. Luckily, the pederasts are here…to keep moving the standard.