With surprising sleaziness, the Guardian, one of the UK’s respected newspapers, has published an editorial by an 18-year-old student in which she declares underage sex is fine, as long as it’s consensual.
The student, Simone Webb, pays little heed to medical and psychological research about the adverse effects of sexual intercourse at a young age. Instead, she writes: ‘It is true underage sexual activity in girls is rising at a higher rate than in boys, but I don’t believe underage sex is an inherent problem,
‘The age of consent is largely arbitrary. If a girl has safe, consensual sex with another girl or boy at 15, both are happy and there are no significant power imbalances — that’s fine’.
Ms Webb cited figures from the Health survey for England, which revealed that 27 per cent of young women have had intercourse before the age of 16, but added, ‘Let’s not get too hung up on the exact figures of underage sex’.
But the Bible says, ‘Flee sexual immorality’ (1 Corinthians 6:18).