As Granville, Ohio, attorney Drew Mc Farland notes, the bill imposes a "strict liability" sta ndard, meaning that "even an honest mistake is unforgiven." Mc Farland, who drew my attention to this bill, suggests one such scenario: A mature 17-year-old is lawfully in a liquor-serving establishment and meets a 22-year-old who suggests they go back to his or her place for some sexual fun.
Under this change in the law, the 22-year-old is guilty of a felony.
While only 15 percent of women don't regret saying "no thanks" to their last opportunity to go to bed with someone, half of guys wish they had gone for it when they didn't.
This makes sense when you consider that men most regret not showing they were interested in someone they liked and not being more sexually adventurous. Your real regret is more likely connected to the fear that if you have sex "too soon," you're somehow losing control in the relationship—which is a lousy way to view your sex life.
Sally forth and remember this: The truth will (almost) always set you free.
This week the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill ostensibly aimed at fighting "human trafficking" that makes it a crime to "solicit" a legal act: sex with someone who is 16 or 17 years old. Since there is no requirement that money change hands, this provision criminalizes ordinary sexual propositions if one person is 16 or 17 and the other is at least four years older when it is the older person who makes the suggestion, .
Take the young man who keeps a rating system on the women he beds — while still living with his mother.
Or the Lothario who boasts that he could easily get sex after midnight if he wanted to, all thanks to the (seemingly) millions of options available to him and his generational cohorts on Tinder and other dating apps. A 2014 Gallup poll shows 18- to 29-year-olds reveal they texted “a lot” the day before.
Since the difference between a 16- or 17-year-old and an 18-year-old may be difficult to discern, someone keen to avoid a felony charge would be wise to demand proof of age before saying anything about sex.
And if the object of his attention happens to have a fake ID—as teenagers pretending to be older than they are sometimes do, especially when they go to bars or clubs—that is no defense.
Social media, hookup culture, and dating apps like Tinder have all but ended the existence of old-fashioned courtships.