So, I ignited a bit of a shitstorm when I suggested last week that statutory rape laws (i.e., the ones that define consensual sexual behavior often among — but also with — teenagers as functionally equivalent to actual forcible rape) were, among other things, lacking in the recognition that sexuality is deeply personal and one's interest in or ability to choose to have sex doesn't and shouldn't start when the government or our parents decide that we're ready. Lots of you disagreed, which is fine. But, because I'm all about stirring the pot, let's talk about it a little more, in the context of the Portland, Maine school board's recent controversial decision to offer a full range of birth control services at its King Middle School health center (where students range in age from 11 to 14) , after the jump.
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Beatrice Biira, the "Beatrice" of Beatrice's Goat, graduated from Connecticut College last weekend and is headed to the Clinton…
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