Age of consent issue: not just about paedophiles but about young people's right to a sexual life

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Germaine Greer, the now venerable and ancient pioneer of Second Wave feminism in the 1970s, was also strikingly forthright in her support for NCCL on Any Questions?, BBC Radio 4's equivalent of TV's Question Time. She defended Harriet Harman and said the press appeared to have forgotten what a civil liberties organisation actually does. She defended PIE's right to put itself forward just like other groups. Revisiting her own stance in the 1970s, she pointed out that the age of consent issue was not just about paedophiles but about young people's right to a sexual life, which was why she and others had supported changing the law. Remarkably, others on the panel also defended the NCCL and a straw poll of the studio audience (at the Bath Literature Festival, so perhaps a more sophisticated bunch than your average) revealed nearly unanimous support for Harriet Harman. They thought she should not be obliged to apologise for NCCL's relationship with PIE.

source: Article 'Paedogate puts the past in the pillory' by Tom O'Carroll; tomocarroll.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/paedogate-puts-the-past-in-the-pillory/; Heretic TOC; 2 March 2014