In what was possibly the most precise result in the history of Google, this photo of Macho Man Randy Savage is what the image engine returned when I did a search on "wanker."
Has everybody seen the story about the 20-year-old Nebraska wanker who boinked a 12-year-old, violated a subsequent court order whereupon he knocked her up, and then married her in Kansas at the age of 14, with the blessing of both state and parents? He’s now being prosecuted for statutory rape, and naturally the local grainbelt populus is all bummed out about the grievous injustice. "He married her," is their refrain, "so he can’t be a pedophile. And even if he is a pedophile, he married her, so it’s OK."
I might as well seize this opportunity to respectfully disagree with the views of those of my fellow feminists (touched on briefly here by Jill at Feministe) who believe that teenage girls should enjoy unlimited personal sovereignty. Such a contingency is obviously the ideal, of course. It might even be warranted, if girls did not inhabit a war zone ruled by male nutjobs and populated by male assholes, neither of whom recognizes the personal sovereignty of any female.
But we do inhabit that war zone. In our patriarchal system women are the sex class, and young girls are its particular victims. Call me a reactionary, but the hetero model of male dominance and female submission completely rules out our autonomy, 12-year-olds included.
It would be great if men would fucking cut it out with the violence and exploitation already, but I just don’t see that happening. So unless 12-year-old girls can be taught–and I really don’t see this happening either–that the role of subservient sexbot is not a "natural" consequence of their sex, but is in fact a weapon deployed by a dominance-based patriarchal system that hates them, they can have no real power. And I’d like to meet the miserable creature who has less power than a lower-class, sexually active twelve-year-old whose parents–her only line of defense against the aforementioned assholes–see nothing untoward about some adult perv knocking her up.
Believe me, I don’t have some kind of godbag virgin-fetish. I just think that it’s incumbent on adults to recognize the fucked-up-yet-normalized practices of our society and to protect our immature juveniles from them. Seriously, how can a pre-teen girl even begin to grasp the nuances of the politics that oppress her, much less act with any kind of authoritative agency within these psycho constraints? I know plenty of adult women who struggle with the idea that they aren’t ugly loathsome specks, or who fuck everything that moves just to get a little attention. And our 12-year-old is just a kid, for crying out loud. She has seen only that social acceptance requires submission, "femininity," and altering her appearance and behavior to certain standards. She doesn’t see that these standards are fucked up, or that they exist exclusively to (1) differentiate her from the ruling class, and (2) to feed gangrenous clots of male pornsickness.
So here’s the Twisty position on 12-year-old girls: Lock’em up. Don’t let’em get a Brazilian, don’t let’em dress like hookers, and don’t let’em fuck 20-year-old men. They’re twelve. It’s just common fucking sense.