Comment: Thanks Peggy R and Unreconstructed

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Thanks Peggy R and Unreconstructed

for injecting some sanity into the discussion.

Obviously, there is such a thing as predatory
pedophilia that society has an interest in preventing.

Apparently not as obvious is the fact that having consensual
sex with someone a week under 18 years old does not
by itself mean that someone is a dangerous sociopath and
should be labeled as such for life.

In much of America, in the 19th and early 20th centuries it
was common for women to marry at 15 or 16 years old or even
younger.

Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage to his 13 year old second cousin
in the 50's was quite legal, even if it didn't do much for his
career (at age 76 he said he'd do it all over again).

Edgar Allen Poe married his 13 year old cousin (claiming she
was 21 on the marriage documents).

"Virginia and Poe were by all accounts a happy and devoted couple. Poe's one-time employer George Rex Graham wrote of their relationship: "His love for his wife was a sort of rapturous worship of the spirit of beauty."[35] Poe once wrote to a friend, "I see no one among the living as beautiful as my little wife."[36] She, in turn, by many contemporary accounts, nearly idolized her husband..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Eliza_Clemm_Poe

Predatory pedophiles or just people?