Originally Posted by Rinoa
I have a question for those that say sixteen year olds are ready. Can a sixteen year old honestly handle every possible consequence of sex? Let's say the girl gets pregnant, she is 50% more likely to have a premature baby at that age because her body is not equipped to nourish a child full-term. She is also more likely to need a C-section because, in many cases, pelvic widening has not completed enough to have room for the baby to fit down the birth canal. After the baby is born how well can the mother support the child? At that age she won't even have a high school degree, or real work experience, which means that she will not be able to make more than 20,000 dollars a year, she'll make 15,000 if she's lucky. Which sounds like alot, but in order to be able to comfortably afford to move out into and apartment(sans baby) you need to make around 25,000 a year. Does it really sound like a sixteen year old is physically ready and able to carry the responsibility of sex on their own?
I'm not saying they'll be ready for the consequenses - if you want to risk it without a condom and contraseptive, then you need to be older. I'm saying emotionally ready to have sex. I'd be emotionally ready at age 16.
However, I wouldn't want to risk pregnancy and STDs at such a young age. Me, I don't have to worry about pregnancy AT ALL...
In my situation, I'd go for 16+ (enphisis on the +), not the night that I turn 16, maybe 5 months into my 16th year.
But for the overall population, I'd say out of high school would be good (although I do NOT use least or most in here! This is an average)