Okay so people are acting like Sessrin happening is totally okay as if that isn’t Literal Pedophilia.
Let’s do some smashing of their arguments!
1. “The age of consent in Japan is 13!!” Okay... no, not in the way you’re thinking. A thirteen year old can consent to another thirteen year old. A thirteen year old cannot consent to someone, say, 19 years old. This is not even factoring in that, just like the Untied States have different consent laws in different states, Japan has different consent laws in different prefectures.
2. “It’s the Fedual Era!! People had families young all the time!!!!” Again.... no. That was done in noble families, and only done in extreme cases. Do you want to know why? Because a fourteen year old girl rarely, in *our modern times* can carry a baby, a SINGLE baby to term. Either the girl will die, the baby will die in the womb, the baby will be born prematurely and risk extreme health problems, or the baby AND girl will die.
Why is that the case? Periods are a sign of puberty. It means that the body is undergoing the changes to become a fully formed adult. Periods are a early-to-mid sign of puberty. Yes, she has eggs and can be impregnated, but a good portion of her body isn’t ready in the same way as her reproductive system. Puberty ends around the age of 16 for girls.
“Oh so it’s okay if Rin gets pregnant at 16?” No! Because mentally, the brain doesn’t mature until the age 25.
“Then why can people do x at 18?!” Because the government decided they could. 18 usually signals that the body has matured, and matured bodies are GREAT for war. The general idea is ‘if we can go to war at 18, why can’t we do x?’ Even then, there are some things, like Alcohol, that require being aged 21 (in the United States).
3. “Rin wanted this!!” Yeah, and you know what else kids want at her age? To play and have fun. Think about what YOU were doing at age 13. Were you having sex with a man way older than you? If you were, I’m incredibly sorry for you and your experiences.
But let’s explore how Rin “wanted this”. Sesshomaru saved her life. He was a driving factor in how she overcame her trauma. He had /power/ over her. If he told her to walk off a cliff, she would. Why? Because she absolutely trusts him. She would never question why he’s telling her to walk off a cliff, because it never crosses her mind that he might want to hurt her.
“That’s not the same thing” it’s an allegory.
Now, oftentimes pedophiles will go into positions of power where they have unrestricted access to young children, and where they’re unlikely to be questioned. Boy/Girl Scout leaders. Youth Ministers. Priests. Police. Teaching. Am I saying that everyone who takes up this role is a pedophile? No! Absolutely not! BUT. These are some of the most common positions infiltrated by pedophiles because it makes children trust them, it makes parents less likely to scrutinize their actions, and they’re normally well liked by the community.
So. Sesshomaru was her caretaker. She trusts him absolutely. What he says must be right and okay. After all, he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her, right?
Why are you putting the responsibiliy of the relationship on RIN? Why aren’t you asking WHY Sesshomaru wanted this? Why are you bending over backwards to justify this?
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