The article cites the National Institute of Justice, the Journal of Adolescent Health, Planned Parenthood, and other sources that say that relationships between teenage girls and adult men have a power imbalance that leads to an increased risk of STIs (due to pressure not to use a condom), pregnancy (ditto), and domestic violence for the teenage girls involved.
A Guttmacher Institute study found that pregnancy rates for teens with partners more than six years older were 3.7 times higher than those for teens who were dating someone two years older or less, and they were more likely to carry that pregnancy to term.
He knows that because he’s been your age before, and knows that things are different for him at the age he is now.
When you’re his age, you’ll know that, too, but he also knows you don’t know that yet.” article was published in December 2008, when I was 18.
She’s tiny, barely coming up to Lewis’s shoulder, has a baby face, and is wearing a sailor dress.
As Lewis talks, Gale chews gum and fiddles with her sunglasses; at one point, she puts them in her mouth.
I first came across it a year or two later, and I remember being astounded by it.
Phillips interviewed “a racially and socially diverse group” of 127 teenage girls in teen-adult relationships, and women who had been in teen-adult relationships in their own teens.
post about Chris Brown commenting on Rihanna’s Instagram includes a noticeable aside: “Chris, who pleaded guilty to accusations of domestic violence against Rihanna in 2009, popped up in the singer’s comments yesterday, using just the eye emoji in his message.” What if all articles about Jenner and Tyga had similar asides — “Tyga, who began dating Jenner when he was in his twenties and she was under the age of consent”?
The difference in the way teenage girls and adult women perceive adult-teen relationships means mainstream teen media has a responsibility — or at least an opportunity — to do some good.
Some, for instance, have argued against legislating consensual sex between two teens, even if one of those teens is under the age of consent, on the grounds that this constitutes a more power-balanced relationship. S., age of consent laws vary by state, ranging between 16 and 18.
Some psychiatrists say that young people under “19 or 20” should only date within a few years of their own age.