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Puberty Does Not Equal Adulthood

Roy Moore sees nothing wrong with what he was accused of doing. I have no reason to doubt the women coming forward; no one wants to be publicly known as a sexual assault victim. Let alone experience all the vitriol and assholery from people who think they are faking it.

The crux of it, to me, is that so many fucking people think a girl, once she’s hit puberty, is equivalent to an adult woman when it comes to sexual activities. Fair game! Open season! She’s just a temptress Jezebel trying to lure men in with her feminine wiles and the poor men can’t help themselves against their youthful sexual availability.

I don’t care what age someone is sexually active, but a couple of 14 yr olds fooling around is not equivalent to a 14 yr old being preyed on by someone out of high school. The power dynamic is so unbalanced. Honestly? Even when I was in high school I thought it was weird when the senior boys would date freshman girls. Of course she wants to date him, he has a car! Alternatively, what’s weird about him that none of the girls in his class will date him?


So, I see this story on The Hill.

From the article,

“It was common knowledge that Roy Moore dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird,” Jones told CNN. “We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall ... but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”


What the fucking fuck, people. What the hell does it take for people to just say something. Even if Teresa Jones assumed her career would be over if she said something, where the fuck were the “good men” in that office who would say something? Fucking complicit cowards. Wonder how many of them were jealous he was chasing minors.

When I was a freshman in college, in 2002, my roommate was telling me about her 16 yr old cousin who married her thirtysomething high school softball coach. I was blown away, trying not to make some asshole “redneck Missouri small town” insult because that wouldn’t help. I asked her if the family was okay with it, because I wasn’t sure of Missouri’s legal age for marriage laws and wondered if it was like a weird culty arranged marriage thing. She said her family loved the guy and they had a great marriage.


Girl was a senior in high school, and her husband was still the high school softball coach. He still had his job, coaching at a public high school, even after marrying a student when she was 16. I asked the roommate if her cousin was at least a starter on the softball team (since she still played, with hubby being her coach still), but I don’t recall the answer.

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