Coming of Age in Samoa
(1928) A book written by Margaret Mead. Mead determined that the socialization of children in Samoa results in a generally happy adolescence and easy transition to sexual activity and adulthood. These findings challenged the widely held belief that biological changes occurring during adolescence were necessarily accompanied by social and psychological stress. Mead argued that adolescent stress is a cultural, not a biological, phenomenon. Coming of Age contributed to the popularization of anthropology and helped to establish the anthropology subfield of culture and personality. Her interpretation of Samoan society was later challenged by Derek Freeman, and a bitter controversy ensued.
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However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.
Doctors have long wrestled with the age of consent when it comes to mature adolescents.
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