Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Newt's big idea

I gotta tell you, I'm such a fan of sweeping ideas and idiosyncratic solutions to social problems that I'm naturally kind of attracted to Newt Gingrich's new grand scheme, even if it is from one of the more odious people in American politics. Certainly, I think teenagers are much more equipped to maneuver in the world than we give them credit for, and we have such a schizophrenic vision of adolescence anyway-- for example, the routine sexualization of adolescent girls in media and culture, but the absolute horror at actual sex by adolescent girls-- that maybe something like this is natural.

It's sex, though, that would scuttle this idea from ever happening. (I'm sure that Newt is not taking this idea 100% seriously, at least as a policy goal, but still.) If we emancipate children at thirteen or so, it's inevitable that these adolescents would choose their sexual partners as freely as other adults would. Some of them would choose conventional adults as their sexual and romantic partners, and I don't know if society is going to accept that. I'm fairly liberal, as far as those things go, but I certainly don't want thirteen year olds having sexual relationships with thirty year olds.

(via Joe Carter)


Anonymous said...

one of the more odious people in American politics

Main Entry: odi·ous
Pronunciation: \ˈō-dē-əs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin odiosus, from odium
Date: 14th century
: arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance

Up until this moment, I didn't know what odious meant, other than 'bad' or 'I don't like that'. Interesting. -K.

Matoko said...

It is just yuck-factor hangovers from the EEA, freddie.
Virginity used to be important because it was the only operational paternity test.
Not cost-viable for homosapiens sapiens to nuture someone elses DNA.
Now that we have birth control and DNA testing, it doesn't matter.
Recreational sex would be great for teenagers, as long as they didn't get pregnant.
Incest and age taboos that were once important for species survial are not relevent anymore.
I expect cultural evolution will smooth this all out eventually.....post-singualrity?

But you are sooooo right.
Newt is clueless about the ramifications

Matoko said...

EEA= Environment of Evolutionay Advantage