A few weeks ago I was bumming around my apartment, playing on this blog while watching an old episode of Law & Order SVU. The show is always a bit disturbing, but the ideas of main criminal made me want to shoot the T.V. He had molested a child but claimed it was okay. In his ending rant, he went on about how his love wasn’t seen as abnormal in the past. Then, he brought homosexuality into his argument. The world had nearly accepted them so it was only a matter of time before his kid also found acceptance.
I don’t fault Law & Order for anything because, after the criminal’s rant, the cops and lawyers looked at him in disgust (and then the show ended). Still, I couldn’t help but think about how many disturbing, disgusting times I have heard people claim the legalization, equality and acceptance of love between consenting adults will lead to rampant pedophilia and bestiality. Do people not understand what consent means? I suppose if they are the kind who believe a woman’s clothing can mean she’s asking for it, maybe they just have a warped idea of consent. Honestly, that’s the most terrifying thing about certain religious folk.
Here’s the scary thing for me: Are these people walking around our parks and schools just itching to bed a person, child or animal? Is the only thing that hold them back from humping anything that moves covered skin and their fear of Hell?
Let’s just deal with this right now. Acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ community will never result in acceptance of pedophilia and/or bestiality. The worst it will do is allow other consenting adults who don’t fit within their group the right to love and be love. Let me stress consenting adults.
Do you know who cannot consent to sex? Children and animals. Even if a 5-year-old or 12-year-old say, “Yes, I would like you to have sex with me right now,” that is not legal consent. In the United States, most state laws on the books say a person does not have the legal ability to consent to sex under the age of 16 or 18. Some have a close age exception. Growing up in Iowa, their age exception was limited to those 14 and 15 who may engage in sex with those 4 years older. I remember a friend looking into this law because her boyfriend was a few years older than she was.
Unless laws change on the books to say children can consent to sex, there will be no legalization of pedophilia. People ranting about sex with animals make me laugh because many of states where homosexuality is illegal are the same states where bestiality is legal! In 18 of the 50 United States of America, it is completely legal to have sex with an animal. In contrast, 12 states that have equal marriage specifically ban bestiality.
Why aren’t animal rights activists behind this? It seems to me LGBTQ acceptance correlates with band on bestiality – the exact opposite of what certain religious folk rant about.
On that note, just because 18 states don’t have laws specifically banning bestiality doesn’t mean they don’t have laws about animal abuse. Does anyone know if sex with animals is covered under those laws?
This is all beside the point. The big picture here is consent. Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want so long as their actions don’t interfere with the rights. I think we have bigger issues to deal with in this world than people who love and care for each other. This is a free country. You don’t have to agree with someone’s action for their action to be legal.
I’m afraid Mr. SVU Criminal is mistaken in his assumption. There is no movement to remove age of consent laws from the books so that adults can have sex with children. Somewhere, there may be a push for adjustments to close age exception laws, but that’s hardly the same.
There is no way the legalization of homosexuality will ever lead to the legalization of people bedding children and animals. I’m convinced the only reason this idea even exist is because people see homosexuality as a sexual deviancy equal to pedophilia and bestiality. Because two consenting adults in love is obviously the same thing as a person forcing themselves on an un-willing, non-consenting child.
If it wasn’t clear, I’m kidding in that last statement. I haven’t mastered the art of typing sarcasm.
Why do you think so many people have a warped sense of consent? Do people even know what consent really means? Would it make a difference if we taught consent as a part of sex ed in schools? Have you ever heard someone argue for the acceptance of pedophilia and bestiality?