North American Man Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA, was founded in 1979 for the purpose of serving as a support group for men who were attracted to boys and minors. NAMBLA does not suggest any particular laws or policies to be made, though they claim to generally advocate for minors to be given more rights, and for age of consent laws to be changed. Of course, there are some very good arguments about why the type of society that NAMBLA members would find ideal is not so great.
First off, in many ways grown men are much more experienced and smarter than little boys. Little boys of various ages may not particularly understand the dynamics behind sex, courtship and the consequences of these activities, or know that they exist. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
As a result, a predatory man who is in another stage of life with an understanding that is nonexistent in the minds of little boys of various ages can take advantage of a little boy who does not understand what is happening. A little boy who gets predated upon by an older man may not even be interested with having sex with men.
Sometimes, children play around and act odd—suppose some men take that as being hit on and try to lure kids? Suppose a man genuinely overpowers a little boy and non-consensually has sex with him, claiming that the little boy wanted it? Were there ever situations in the course of human history where little boys had sexual and romantic relationships with grown men that were fully enjoyed and consensual? Well, human history is so vast that it is reasonable to say that such a situation did happen. However, that does not take away from the danger of not regulating things.
However, when it comes to adolescents, not boys who are younger than 12, NAMBLA may be onto something. Throughout the United States and Europe, the age of consent ranges from 14 to 18.
By the time people are in their teens, they take on adult bodies, attitudes and responsibilities. Why should a man get into trouble for having sex with a physically developed 16 year old male in one state when he wouldn’t get into trouble in another state with a different age of consent? Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Teenagers are not little kids, and most of them know exactly what they are doing when they choose to be romantically involved with someone else; and they have adult bodies. Why is it it considered bad for a 25 year old man to date a 15 year old man—yes, a man, not a boy–but then it considered perfectly okay for a 25 year old man to date an 80 year old man in the eyes of the law?
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera is not controversial like NAMBLA, at all. There is a questionable gray area in Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s reasoning, but it is a drop in the ocean compared to the questionable gray area in NAMBLA’s reasoning. The plight of immigrants is on a different, cleaner, less offensive level than that of NAMBLA.