71: What Is an Appropriate Age of Consent?

Pinning down an appropriate age of consent isn’t as easy as simply picking an arbitrary number and sticking with it. It’s not uncommon to know some 16 year olds who behave more responsibly than some 35 year olds. So how can a society find the age where a person may be considered responsible for his or her own actions and no longer be treated as a child? Is age the best metric by which to measure this responsibility?   

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