Without a concrete proposal, particularly a framework which acts to avoid abuse, these ideas aren’t worth the bytes used to store them. Idealist views of wouldn’t this be nice are little more than a daydream.
You can’t criminalize your way out of crime.
You can’t prevent your way out of crime.
You can’t liberate your way out of crime.
You can’t pray your way out of crime.
You can’t educate your way out of crime.
You can do your darndest to try, but there are realistic constraints to each model.
PIE had advocacy for “liberation” type approaches in the United Kingdom. Their libertarian allies balked at the idea of reducing it to their ridiculous wishes, but compromised around 12? 13? This became a wash when real world cases of abuses started to trickle in, and society realized that “liberation” was a flawed endeavor.
If you don’t have realistic ideas, other than, let everyone do whatever they want, I’ll conclude this thread doesn’t have anything meaningful to add to the existing body of discourse. The enthusiastic push towards “liberation” and the negative associations from that entrenched attitudes against meaningful age of consent reforms for decades.
In the end, teenagers have paid for this by having consensual relationships with peers criminalized, and even sexting with peers.
I’ll draw a comparison.
We could bring back child labor.
Children have the right to be able to make money and buy whatever they please. They should be able to live their lives as they see fit, drink booze, and drive a car. This is a similar idea without focusing on the very specific sexual aspect. Some countries like China allow teenagers to drink alcohol, but most Western cultures do not.
Restrictions are usually there for a reason. To reduce risk to a vulnerable group. It isn’t put there for fun by some tyrannical authoritarian.
It is important to curb pointless restrictions, and incursions onto liberties. But, by saying some may benefit from it, would be like leaving half your house burning and chilling in the other as if nothing is happening. It takes a very individualistic view on things.
America is sex negative and has too many restrictions. There are realistic ways to offset that.
America is too punitive on crimes. There are realistic ways to offset that.
Is the idea to effectively move down the age of majority?
This sort of wishful thinking is as bad as communism. Communism relies heavily on “wouldn’t this be nice?”.