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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.
They also found that teens dating a partner more than six years older were less likely to use contraception than teens dating a partner close in age, and that teens who were survivors of sexual assault were more likely to date an older partner.
It was the first time I read something that said, blatantly, that there’s something wrong with teenage girl/adult male relationships.
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.
, which describes itself as offering “Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults,” spells out the problems with teenage girl-adult man relationships in a 2008 essay called “Why I Deeply Dislike Your Older Boyfriend”: “I feel like he knows — and enjoys — that he has more power than you do right now due to his age or gender, and that rather than seeking to share it, or helping you nurture and own your own power, he wants to keep his power, and take yours from you to have it all for himself.
He knows that because he’s been your age before, and knows that things are different for him at the age he is now.
Which brings us back to the question: How Most importantly, they should stop being so glowing in their coverage of teen girl/adult man relationships.
One wonders how much of this is rooted in celebrity infatuation, and if teen pubs would be so quick to condone a similar relationship if, say, it involved a teacher and student, or someone they knew personally.
To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA's App Choices app here.But there’s some cognitive dissonance when a couple with a large age gap (like Tyga and Jenner) is criticized or not mentioned at all while the younger member is 16 or 17, but as soon as the younger member turns 18, the couple is all of a sudden portrayed as #relationshipgoals.Covering adult-teen relationships responsibly might simply mean mentioning the celebrities’ ages and sticking to a just-the-facts tone, making sure to avoid presenting the couple as aspirational.Researchers were unsparing in their assessment of the dangers of such relationships: “[W]hen adolescents younger than 18 are involved with men who are substantially older than they are, differences between partners in such factors as maturity, life experience, social position, financial resources and physical size may make such relationships inherently unequal, and the young women may therefore be vulnerable to abuse and exploitation by their partners.” This is not to say the issue is always a clear-cut one; some in the feminist community have argued that dictating norms around age of consent can infringe on female bodily and sexual autonomy, and the article is careful to note, “By no means do I feel it is impossible for any man to be a good guy in relationships with an age gap.” Additionally, while a case like Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13-year-old bride is blatantly problematic, the parameters aren’t always so easily delineated.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.