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Defining the Age of Consent

Fancy Nancy is a fellow-member of the Ladies Sexy Film League, a group of NY Filmmakers doing films on female sexuality (stay tuned for tshirts!). She's blogging on issues around consent and just posted this interesting item:

According to Tony Alamo, a recently arrested evangelical preacher living in Arkansas, PUBERTY is the age of sexual consent.

What is it with these Biblical compounds and their obsession with marrying off children? Is that really the most salient message they can dig up in the Bible? It's also interesting that the definition of consent here has only to do with the age in which an adult can force a child into marriage/sex. Nothing to do with actual choice or consent.