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Comment Re:She was lucky (Score 1) 132

You are correct in the sense that in Victorian times being a rich woman was better than being a poor man, but it was still nowhere near as good as being a rich man.

There is nothing in the passages you quote to explain why the right to vote shouldn't apply equally to men and women, regardless of the particular balalnce of financial rights and responsibilities between the sexes.

Comment Re:I'm scared to speak out against child porn laws (Score 1) 242

We have all been told child pornography is this horrible thing that scars children for life and furthers abuse of children.

That's because it is, and it does, if you're referring to actual pictures/videos of children being raped.

I agree that one teenager sending another teenager a naked pic is not the same thing.

Comment Re:Not a Sex Offender's Register (Score 1) 242

Most people never get called on their 3 felonies per day, so it can be used to single out people no more guilty than typical.

Most people don't do 3 felonies a day. I personally haven't done a felony in over 30 years (when I last visited the USA) and 95% of the worlds population seldom if ever visit the "Land of the Free" which is the only place that has felons (a class of people who have their rights curtailed forever, originally so the King could take their property (fief)).

It is a right wing meme that the government has created so many laws that everyone is guilty of breaking x number every day without realising it. There's a quote from (of course) Ayn Rand that they usually drag in to "prove" their point, but I can't be arsed to find it.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 242

If you commit a crime as a juvenile and are convicted, your record is (used to be?) expunged once you turned 18.

Not in the UK.

Cautions will become spent convictions and not discloseable, but certainly any sexual or violent offence involving a conviction will stay on your record and show up in any future DBS check.

Comment Re:The Power of the State. (Score 1) 242

If you think you are having an argument with me you should re-read my comment. A right is protection against government oppression.

The right to life is the right to not be killed by anyone. If you think only governments kill people then you are wrong.

Comment Re:Won't someone think of hurting the children?? (Score 1) 242

A 14-year boy is still a boy. He's still learning how to behave, making mistakes and learning from them. He sent a naked photo of himself to a girl. SO FUCKING WHAT? Talk to the parents and let them explain to him why that's not acceptable. It's their responsibility to raise the child and educate him to be able to function in society.

If you're 14 and you break the law, you have to face the consequences. If you get caught shoplifting, your mistake will potentially attract a criminal record.

The issue of whether this should count as a crime is a separate question. There is a lot of panic about underage sex, but on the other hand there is also undeniably a level of exploitation of under 16s too. It's not all purely imaginary "think of the children" made up hysteria, but it sounds like the law is being interpreted too literally here: two fourteen year olds engaging in sexual activity has never been the problem.

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