The Age of Consent
If the intersection of childhood and sexuality is potentially a minefield of arguments over risk, danger, repression, protection, innocence and taboo, the age of consent represents the judgement of that moment when all those concerns are mediated by the threshold of maturity. What is deemed the appropriate age for sexual consent is symbolically representative of the struggles to provide a demarcation between childhood and sexuality, where sexuality is a preserve of adulthood. As such is it always controversial, disputed and never satisfactorily resolved.
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