Stephen Fry has raised important philosophical questions when asked about the age of consent in an Oxford Union meeting, broadly:
- How can a 1 day difference between 15 and 16 turn a person from a victim to a perpetrator (who will then be anally raped and beaten in prison)?
- Why are people so obsessed with salacious “child sex” stories? Is it really *only* about protecting children?
Admittedly he puts these points over in a very politically correct way still claiming that despite this “we just have to draw the line”. It’s hard to know for certain if he truly believes in age of consent laws or not (we would hope he is intelligent enough not to believe in them). However, one might hope he has created a sense of cognitive dissonance amongst the Oxford University students there.
Watch the video here: