Because we're backward. We live by puritanical standards that create and perpetuate 'crimes' that are nothing more than natural sexual expression. Tiny children who put their hands 'down there' are admonished to not touch. Their little minds are confused. Natural urges to explore one's own body is suppressed and childish curiosity about another's can land an eight year old in huge trouble and branded for life on a sex offender registry. Can't anyone in their right mind see this is just plain wrong? We can't even call body parts by their right names. Kids grow up hearing their genitals called anything from a wee-wee to a poot to a cha-chi. It's crazy. Why are the words 'penis' and 'vagina' such taboo?
Like it or not (and many prefer to like it, thank you), we are designed for sex. We have sexual urges that are impossible to ignore, no matter how puritanical and unenlightened a family is. No amount of "No!" is going to make children less curious. Is it any wonder this society has so many messed up people?
Sex was meant to be a joyful expression of our human selves. Whatever is of mutual consent is to be honored, not against the law. Our sexuality shouldn't be hidden from children, but explained honestly and openly, so when they are ready, they'll be able to make mature decisions. Kids are curious and will explore, no matter what. Let's not damage another generation by suppressing their urges they don't understand. We've created all that we're most afraid of by hiding and ignoring what children need and have a right to know.
Angry, frustrated feminists who have had such a big influence on the politicizing of sex might change their views if they didn't hate men so much and got a little more action. That statement is sure to inflame, but it's true. What other reason do they have for ripping apart so many families with their insane laws that put so many men in prison for 'crimes' that didn't exist a few years ago in the name of victims rights? Who helped (along with the media) incite the fear that made lawmakers too hastily pass laws that make it illegal to innocently hug a young person or for a husband to grab his wife's arm before she can hit him with an ashtray? Who made it possible for 'victims' hearsay to be admissible in SO cases while defendants cannot produce evidence to their innocence? Feminists, that's who. Even though they gave us Playgirl magazine, it was probably in the hope a certain body part would be cut out of the centerfold and used to play "Pin the dick on the prick".
Enough is enough. Ill-conceived sex offender laws have gone way, way too far. What is meant to be a beautiful expression of love has been vilified and criminalized. This is NOT meant to say sex between an adult and child is okay, but experimentation between 2 post-pubescent young people should not be criminal acts. Some will agree with this, but many will be outraged. Get over it. We are what we are. Don't shove your sexual hang-ups down everyone else's throats.