Originally Posted by Jailblazers7
I don't understand how you can't get it through you're head that its between 2 consenting ADULTS. The laws determining the age to consent would be the same for gay as they are for straight people.
yea but then what is an adult? that's just a social construct. there were times and societies where you became a man when you were 13 and were expected to have family and wives as early as 16. Yet now we would consider those to be kids. (okay there are certain physiological prerequisite for consideration to be adult but that's also largely individual based and the ages of 18 and 21 are fairly arbitrary)
All morality and these social norms are necessarily culture bound and created/consented on by the members of a community.
In this relativistic realm, what is moral and correct is nothing more than a social contract that's agreed on by the majority.
Hence I think the question OP asks can be interpreted in two ways:
1) why are certain acts deemed deviant while others aren't in the society we live in?
2) do these standards and norms have any legitimacy in an absolute perspective?