Top 10 Reasons Why the Age of Consent Should Not Be Raised to 20

DISCLAIMER: I in no way think we should lower the age of consent to 17, 16 or even lower (I don't encourage that at all but I definitely don't encourage that we raise it too high to 20 or even 21 because humans physically become adults at 18).

I am aware that most 18-year-olds aren't mature enough to handle certain situations but here's a little advice from me. If you are going to date someone that young, don't manipulate them. Help them out with experience and try to save sex for when you both get married because they might not be sexually experienced yet.

The Top Ten

1 20-Year-Olds Still Aren't Legal Enough to Do Anything

In many ways I agree with this list. There are some people right now trying to raise a lot of 18+ things to 21+ things right now, and it's kind of silly, like if you're really gonna just not let 18 year olds have any adult privileges than just raise the adult age back up to 21, it's that simple. - RogerWatersfan1999

Exactly. It should be noted that I mentioned in a comment on my old account that my sister's 20-year-old boyfriend was in a children's hospital last year. They didn't let him back in after he turned 21. Just wanna point that out there. - Redrocm

Like how they can't drink, rent a car, get into clubs, or other types of things. - DarkMatter1997

2 Your Body is Still Developing at 20

Mainly where you can't consume alcohol. - DarkMatter1997

3 Just Because 18-Year-Olds Have 'Teen' in the Age Name Doesn't Mean They're Children

I've said in a comment reply to someone before that it doesn't matter that much if it has 'teen' in 18. If it did then we would literally have 18-year-olds banging underage teens and we seriously don't want that to happen. - DarkMatter1997

4 18-Year-Olds Should At Least Have a Few Adult Privileges

That way it could help them continue to grow and understand aspects of the adult life. - DarkMatter1997

5 18-Year-Olds Are Physically Adults

I'll say this once again, they shouldn't go around banging underage teens. - DarkMatter1997

6 Some 18-Year-Olds Are Mature Enough

Some of them can think like adults (I started maturing at 18 because I knew that if I was an duly I had to think like one). - DarkMatter1997

7 It Would Do a Lot of Harm to the Porn Industry

I know a lot of people hate porn but sometimes porn can prevent rape. But raising it to 20 or even 21 can cause problems for porn as less people would be able to act in pornographic scenes. Lewd scenes depicting people under 20 or 21 would be reduced to masturbation and strip teases only. - DarkMatter1997

8 Most 18-Year-Olds Are Perfectly Capable of Making Decisions

Some of them are responsible enough to make the right choices and not get themselves into trouble. And learning is made easier now cause of the web. - DarkMatter1997

9 Maturity Differs in People

I know a lot of teens who are way more mature than older folks so what difference does it make? Some mature earlier than others. It all differs in us. - DarkMatter1997

10 It May Lead to Crime

This could mean that people will be more pressured not to have sex. This increased pressure will only result in increased levels of sexual stress which may be harmful to people who want to express their sexuality with their partners. Such increased stress may lead to additional cases of rape and molestation. - DarkMatter1997

The Contenders

11 It Might Encourage 18-Year-Olds to Have Sex with Underage Teens

I'm just saying that if 18-year-olds were treated like children then that would literally mean sexual relationships between 18-year-olds and underage teens would be normalized and it's something we don't want to encourage it actually is pedophilia.

And I'm not saying we should allow teen sex to happen, it's just that 18-year-olds really shouldn't be dating minors because it isn't normal.

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