There are two guys in the world named Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. You may or may not know these men. They could be your neighbors, or they can be random strangers living thousands of miles away from you. They aren’t the types of people who have receded into their own lives without paying attention to the outside world.
They are quite the contrary. On the other hand, they are not superheroes like Clark Kent. They are a happy middle—just two guys who decided to serve their community by starting the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
NAMBLA holds a very controversial stance, which is quite evident in their name, which stands for “North American Man Boy Love Association.” In our current society, most people who hear about this organization would immediately be repulsed by it.
People should be repulsed. However, even though the motives of the members are shady, it is still very insightful to think about the arguments that they give to justify man-boy love. For example, they say that the law solely judges people based on chronological age, and doesn’t acknowledge personal development.
One person can be more developed and have different needs and levels of wisdom than others. NAMBLA says that the age of consent laws needlessly result in adults getting into trouble for valid relationships with younger people.
These arguments have some weight to them, especially when you are talking about a legal adult having a relationship with a teenager who is not considered to be the age of consent. Teenagers tend to be physically and sexually developed, have sex drives and know what they are getting into when it comes to relationships.
It is arguable that in many cases, it should not be considered wrong for someone over the age of consent to date a legal minor who is under the age of consent if that legal minor is already a teenager who is pretty close to the age of consent.
For example, if a person is a physically and emotionally developed 15 or 16 year old, it should not be wrong for that person to date a 21 year old. In such a situation, the 21 year old would be dating a 15 or 16 year old, not a 2 year old.
A 15 or 16 year old human being is on a completely different level of development than a 2 year old, and should not be seen as one in the eyes of the law. If a 21 year old was dating a 2 year old, that would be pretty disturbing and scandalous. However, a 2 year old is on an entirely different level of development than a 15 or 16 year old.
The show South Park made fun of NAMBLA. In this episode Cartman tried to be “mature” by hanging out with older guys. Unfortunately, these guys ended up being members of NAMBLA, and wanted to have sex with him and all of his friends. Cartmen and his friends did not want that.
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