Jailbait

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Jailbait or jail bait is slang[1][2] for a person who is younger than the legal age of consent for sexual activity, with the implication that a person above the age of consent might find them sexually attractive.[3] The term jailbait is derived from the fact that engaging in sexual activity with someone who is under the age of consent is classified as statutory rape.[3] The minor deemed sexually attractive is thus a temptation to an older person to pursue them for sexual relations at the risk of being sent to jail if caught.

Criteria

As the legal age of consent varies by country and jurisdiction, the age at which a person can be considered "jailbait" varies. For example, in the United Kingdom, where the age of consent is 16,[4] the term is used to refer to those younger than 16, whereas in some parts of the United States where the age of consent is 18, the term would refer to those aged under 18. The frequent use of the term jailbait in popular culture has been linked to a greater understanding of age of consent laws among teenagers.[2] The term is usually applied to females, though it can also apply to both males and transsexuals.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ House, Random (2001). Random House Webster's unabridged dictionary. New York: Random House Reference. ISBN 0-375-42605-1. 
  2. ^ a b Sutherland, Kate (2003). "From jailbird to jailbait: age of consent laws and the construction of teenage sexualities". William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law 9: 313–349. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Jail bait". Dictionary.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sexual Offences Act 2003". .legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hachman, Mark (August 10, 2011). "Reddit Closes 'Jailbait' Pic Site, Allows Others to Remain". PC Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2014.