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Anonymous: I think it's pretty clear throughout this piece that age alone is not the issue, but behaviors that can commonly occur in age-disparate relationships, particularly between minors and adults.

That given, I don't know why it would have been an issue if your younger girlfriend HAD read something like this. After all, room is made for exceptions to all of this, so if you are one, it'd be pretty easy for her to figure out this was addressing a different kind of relationship, no?

All the same? I think one way of showing respect for young women is not to do things like to try and tell women what kinds of things to make their own rules, or to suggest there is only one true love for them, or that they may miss out on real love by deciding that certain relationships may pose more risks than benefits.

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