For my United States compatriots: I was just thinking about various ages of consent in this country, and wondered if anyone else has any comments. For most purposes, the age of consent/adulthood in the US is 18. Oddly, though, there are some areas where exceptions to this rule are made, and those usually vary by state. It seems odd to me that in NY and NH, with parental and court permission, age of consent to marry is 14 for males, 13 for females. In most states, driving privilege begins at 16. So the scenario is, you can marry at 13, drive at 16, vote (or enlist in the military) at 18, buy alcohol at 21, and rent a car at 25. You can qualify to marry 3 years before you can get a learner's permit to drive? You can vote for president or be deployed to Iraq and put your life on the line 3 years before you can buy yourself a beer? I understand that there are variations in the level of maturity and decision-making ability between the ages of 12 and 21, but does it really take more maturity to be able to buy liquor than it does to enter into a (hopefully) lifetime partnership? And in Utah, the general marriageable age is 18 (for a first marriage); 14 with parental consent, or lower if previously married. What the fuck? Entering into your second marriage at age 13 or 14? And this one is NOT considering polygamy, this is if your first marriage is no longer in effect. No wonder life can be so confusing at times, for our adolescents. Everything a 14-year-old wants to do, he is either told "You're too young for that" or "You're too old for that." Exactly what is a 14-year-old "just the right age" for?