i agree with op. guys need to just be honest about what gives them boners. this 16 year old age of consent stuff wasnt around a century or two ago. i’m not saying to bang teens. mental maturity matters way more(especialy in our overprotective society where we have the oldest children in history). but just admit that you want to bang them. [/quote]
Agreed. As far as mental maturity goes, I believe that social evolution has been spurred on at a far more rapid rate than biological evolution. Western society has increased in complexity to the point where a high school diploma just doesn’t cut it in the job market anymore, we have to fill out a mountain of paperwork to do simple tasks, and it isn’t uncommon to see students in their 30s. There’s a lot more to learn and it’s artificially augmenting the age of financial independence (and thus, prolonging “adolescence”). You can see this in the trend towards older parents, as there is now a “career first” mentality.
However, our biology has limits on how fast it can change. There’s an evolutionary advantage for preferring younger women, so that’s the norm in terms of preference. You can’t help who you’re attracted to, but whether you act in a socially acceptable way or not is a different story.
I agree that the age of legal adulthood is completely arbitrary and doesn’t relate to biological adulthood, but the (real) age of adulthood is dynamic and different for everyone. Society is basically playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” here.