"The Stone" is the philosophy blog of the New York Times. Its motto, "a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless," speaks to the inner philosopher in all of us. We provide a rebuttal in The Paper whenever "The Stone" publishes a new post.
Andy Martin, teacher at Cambridge University and blogger of an imaginary internal monologue of the soccer star David Beckham as he collides with the Parisian intellectual tradition (LOL? WTF?), drafts an application for defense attorney for pedophiles everywhere.
He lists a bunch of perverts (excluding Rousseau, I suppose) and the books they have written about the sexuality of young people. These are apparently great thinkers in the continental school of thought. There is a serious flaw in Andy's whole article. He focuses on the supposed sexuality (as seen from the older individuals) of the young women, but not their intellectual maturity. For the pains and pleasures associated with sexual acts involve the brain. Whether the adults claim that the young women are sexual (whatever that even means) is irrelevant. The young women are not fully mentally developed to make a well-informed decision on their sexuality, or anything else for that matter. Is it any wonder that all of these relationships are instigated by the adult?
This incomplete mental development is why almost every culture does not consider a young person an adult until they hit their late teens, or even later. If we as a society think that a seventeen-year-old does not behold the mental acuity to decide which representative to vote for in an election (whose outcome may affect the rest of the young person's life), how can we say that this young person is fully mentally developed to make any other decision? We cannot. Quite frankly, I can list a bunch of adults that do not qualify as adults under this definition, and in a better society would not be voting or even procreating for that matter.
But here is the continental philosophy blog of The New York Times attempting to draft a defense of this vile act. Why someone that blogs about a soccer star's internal philosophical monologue was selected to write a piece for "The Stone" is beyond me, but they got the trash one would expect them to get.