age of consent

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Age of Consent

The age at which a person may marry without parental approval. The age at which a female is legally capable of agreeing to sexual intercourse, so that a male who engages in sex with her cannot be prosecuted for Statutory Rape.

A person below the age of consent is sometimes called an infant or minor.

age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

age of consent

see MAJORITY.
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In a 1980 essay, Califia argued that we should not confuse "the issue of violence against children with the issue of children and sexuality." Nonetheless, age of consent is one area where Califia's politics have changed during the past sixteen years, although she still opposes age-of-consent laws and "probably always will."
In Delinquent Daughters, Mary Odem analyzes the campaigns to raise the age-of-consent and to create maternalist institutions for delinquent girls.