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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Oh, Missouri  
Bikini waxing will soon be illegal for minors in Missouri. That has got to violate privacy rights.

Let me correct a few common misconceptions.

"Kids nowadays are acting too grown up."
In the first half of the 20th century it was common for children to work in factories, and teens to marry and start families. If you reached 20 without a husband and kids, you were an old maid. Children were often apprenticed out around the age of 10, meaning they left home and worked for a craftsman in exchange for room and board to learn a trade.

"Kids nowadays are too sexually promiscuous."
Less than 100 years ago, in some counties something like 40% of marriages began with the woman already pregnant. You'd be shocked by what your grandparents and great-grandparents were actually doing as kids.

Adolescence was created maybe 60 years ago. We as a culture have been lengthening childhood ever since. We've gone from "kids need to learn about the world" to "kids need to be protected from the world".

Nostalgia is a lie. There never were any "good old days".