This week, Teen Vogue promoted a column by
a doctor calling for the legalization of sex work.
Her characterization of prostitution to the young
readers of the magazine as a mere career choice
will raise the hackles of conservatives
The column compared selling your body for cash
to the practice of medicine — just another
profession, just another choice.
Supporting prostitution is described as “the
litmus test for intersectional feminism.
“When you think about it, am I not I a sex
worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?”
Young Girls & Sex
Teen Vogue is just the latest example
of a trend that treats sex work as a
valid career to be marketed to young girls.
A high school newspaper recently caused a stir
by printing a favorable profile on a senior
who makes money by appearing in pornography.
The girl says she is estranged from her parents
and short on cash, but perhaps such “opportunities”
will soon be part of career counseling.
Consent should be the only moral yardstick.
All consensual sexual activity is good, healthy
exploration. Why shouldn’t a teenage girl make
money from providing a useful service?
Sweetness & Light
Nubile Or Nymphet?
Nubile was first used in the sense of “sexually attractive” in 1973. The word can refer to a nymphet or lolita (see below) in the context of a young sexually attractive, seductive or precocious girl.
You’re probably familiar with the word “Lolita” from Vladmir Nabokov’s 1955 novel, which tells the tale of a middle-aged man who falls in love with a twelve year old girl.
The novel has remained a topic of discussion ever since, spawning the pop culture version of lolita, which was once used to describe a “sexually precocious” girl.
The novel is a tragicomedy narrated by Humbert, who riddles the narrative with word play and his wry observations of American culture. His humour provides an effective counterpoint to the pathos of the tragic plot.
The novel’s flamboyant style is characterised by double entendres, multilingual puns, anagrams, and coinages such as nymphet, a word that has since had a life of its own and can be found in most dictionaries, and the lesser-used “faunlet”. One of the novel’s characters, “Vivian Darkbloom”, is an anagram of the author’s name.
Several times, the narrator begs the reader to understand that he is not proud of his rape of Lolita and is filled with remorse.
At one point he listens to the sounds of children playing outdoors, and is stricken with guilt at the realisation that he robbed Lolita of her childhood.
When he is reunited with the 17-year-old Lolita, he realises that he still loves her, even though she no longer is the nymphet of his dreams.
Some critics have accepted Humbert’s version of events at face value. In 1959, novelist Robertson Davies excused the narrator entirely, writing that the theme of Lolita is “not the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child. This is no pretty theme, but it is one with which social workers, magistrates and psychiatrists are familiar.”
For teenagers, sex is considered an emotionally powerful experience, combined with risks and psychological changes.
All adolescents have sex lives, whether they are sexually active with others, with themselves, or seemingly not at all.
Viewing adolescent sexuality as a potentially positive experience, rather than as something inherently dangerous, may help young people develop healthier patterns and make more positive choices regarding sex.
It has been estimated that 35% of US high school students were currently sexually active and 47.8% of US high school students reported having had sexual intercourse.
This percentage has decreased slightly since 1991. While some researchers suggest that teens are increasingly engaging in oral sex.
Other studies indicate that there has been little change in either oral sex or vaginal sex among teen opposite-sex partners over the past decade. A minority, 13%, of children aged 15 have experienced vaginal sex.
The average age of first sexual intercourse in the United States is 17.0 for males and 17.3 for females. By the time they are high school seniors, 66% of girls and nearly 63% of boys report they have had intercourse.
Among younger teens, the majority claim to be virgins, and this percentage has risen over time.
Sixteen percent of adults first had sex before age 15, while 15 percent abstained from sex until at least age 21.
The proportion of adults who first had sex before age 15 was highest for non-Hispanic blacks (28 percent) compared to 14 percent for both Mexican-Americans and non-Hispanic whites.
Six percent of blacks abstained from sex until age 21 or older, fewer than Mexican-Americans (17 percent) or non-Hispanic whites (15 percent).
Girls will most likely lose their virginity to a boy who is 1 to 3 years older than they are. According to one study, almost 14 percent of teens lose their virginity in June, the most common month.
The teen’s home, their partner’s home or a friend’s house is the most common place for virginity to be lost, with 68% of teens losing their virginity in one of those three places.
The same study found that the likelihood of a first sexual experience happening will increase with the number of hours a day teens spend unsupervised.
Yes, I Have a Lolita Complex
Don’t mistake this for pedophilia. I’d never touch a young girl. It’s absolutely wrong and immoral.
Do I expect you to accept or even tolerate this? Of course not. It’s been drilled into your heads that we’re perverts and disgusting human beings.
I believe the process of becoming a woman is the losing of one’s innocence. That’s why I admire young girls. They still have that innocence and naivety about them.
I find that sexually attractive and beautiful. I admire them as one would a work of art. Something not to be touched. I don’t want to risk ruining its delicate nature.