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How can 'age of majority' be handled outside of the format of the state?

Submitted by darsa in Anarchy101 (edited )

This is one issue I've found and haven't ever been given a solution I found any good for; how, exactly, will sexual predators be stopped, especially in more problematic areas that locally support such?

And what would the 'age of majority' be? Fluid based on characteristics, or a cultural 'please stay above 18' or '16' or what?

It just seems like a major concern, I'm not sure how it would be done.

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theblackcat wrote (edited )

Anarchism is above all a practice, not a theory. It is about actively working to end authoritarian relationships wherever they exist, and build non-authoritarian alternatives. It is not about trying to prescribe a way of life for an imagined place and time, and imagined people. It is for real people and dealing with real problems.

So instead of saying "how does an anarchist society deal with crime," you could say "what are non state solutions to anti-social behaviors?" Instead of asking how an "anarchist society" could deal with the environment or education, what are ways anarchists right now can live sustainably, and raise our children to share our values of horizontality and mutual aid, while still allowing them the autonomy to become whomever they want?

The goal here is less of having the same conversations about imaginary scenarios over and over, and maybe try to have more constructive discussion going. Thanks all!

Now that that's out of the way, I think we face sexual predators the same way we face fascists. We refuse them a platform (which they use to normalize their perversion) and meet them with violence if they attempt to organize or practice their fetish.

And what would the 'age of majority' be? Fluid based on characteristics, or a cultural 'please stay above 18' or '16' or what?

The size of the age gap between the two partners is what's important rather than any hard limit. Sex between a 50 year old and a 14 year old is not capable of being consensual. The power disparity is too great. But a 18 year old and a 16 year old is a different matter, and would then depend on the maturity of the individuals and the context (if there was any coercion or pressure).

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

This is the kind of thing I think also.

Having recently come across someone who actually knows pedophiles, this is the first time I've had to think about this in a way that could make a direct difference to some of my actions, so if anybody has any resources around these topics especially those written by our people, please let me know of them.

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PerfectSociety wrote

Now that that's out of the way, I think we face sexual predators the same way we face fascists. We refuse them a platform (which they use to normalize their perversion) and meet them with violence if they attempt to organize or practice their fetish.

Agreed.

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noordinaryspider wrote

noordinaryspider wrote at August 26, 2018 at 4:14 PM

I haven't been able to come up with a better solution during the 30ish years in which I have had to deal with this problem.

There are always false positives, but the stakes are too high to risk erring in the other direction.

Thank you.