- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
In a previous thread about people not liking kids, I saw some stuff about kids being a minority that should have equal rights like people of other skin colors or sexual orientations. But I don’t agree. (Let’s define kids as under 13, pre-pubescent.)
Kids do not usually have adult levels of empathy/consderation of others (it’s built in for survival that they are supposed to be somewhat selfish) and because of lack of brain development they cannot be expected to make good long term and interpersonal decisions consistently.
On top of that, they stand out as a “minority” because once sufficient time passes, that minority status is gone. No other minority has that distinction.
Do you think children should be given protected minority status/safety from legal discrimination due to their age?
Things to consider: Non-discrimination means non-discrimination. Wouldn’t that mean that employers would have to hire children who wanted to work? Or landlodrs would have to rent to children who wanted to have their own place and could pay somehow? Or that the age of consent would have to be reduced (because you’d never say a black person or gay person or a grown woman couldn’t consent to sex)? Or that children should be permitted to enter into contracts?
I personally think that in this scenario, discrimination is a good thing that protects children rather than hurting them.