AGE OF CONSENT
John Hudock links this rather amateurish site, which lists the age of consent for every country in the world and all 50 US states. It also lists whether male-male or female-female sex is legal and if so at what age. It is, presumably, out of date with respect to those issues in light of Lawrence v. Texas.
What strikes me as odd about the list is the wide divergence among the US states, with Iowa allowing 12-year-olds to give consent if they are married (an amazing concept in and of itself) and several states requiring people to reach 18, which is rather absurd in today’s society.
Of course, I’d also note how rapidly our mores have change with respect to these issues. There was a time, not that long ago, when it was perfectly normal for 13-year-old girls to be married and having babies. We’ve clearly prolonged adolescence–indeed, created the very idea–to the point where what was once normal is now practically bizarre.