I have forced myself to bite my tongue several times, but this point keeps being made and it’s really just reached my limit of patience. “Lydia is eighteen! She isn’t a minor! She chose to stay in school for another year to be with her friends!”
Okay, let me explain something to you. I am an adult. I am twenty-three years old. I have a teaching career. Every single year, we have a meeting where we learn what can get us put into jail. Every single year, we cover the topic of high school students. According to the law and the Code of Ethics, we can lose our licenses and go to jail if we sleep with someone in high school. Every single year, this point is made:
- “It does not matter if the student turns eighteen. A student is considered a minor until they graduate high school.”
I have this seared into my brain because there is no way in HELL I am violating that law. Because I’m so annoyed by this argument, I just checked California’s views on age of maturity. Here is the exact definition: “18 years of age except an unmarried child who has attained the age of 18 years, is a full-time high school student, and who is not self-supporting, is considered a minor until the time the child completes the 12th grade or attains the age of 19 years, whichever occurs first."
It does not matter that Lydia ‘chose’ to stay. In fact, did she really ‘choose’ when she didn’t technically reach the required number of credits? She could have taken a summer course, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that Lydia Martin is a high school senior and is thus considered a minor in the eye of the law.
You can come at me and say I’m irritated because I ship Stydia, and that’s fine. I mean, it isn’t like I’ve totally supported Lydia in other relationships in the past or anything (spoiler alert: I have and I always will). I just have a serious problem with men older than me seeking out young girls. In the real world, you guys are so quick to call people out on this, but the moment it’s a cute cop? You seem to forget all about it. I’m always infuriated about this on TV shows - whether it’s Teen Wolf, PLL, or any other show where an older man is after a younger girl. It’s sickening. It’s contributing to the sexualization of young women and I just cannot support that.
For once, I want to see a man in his mid-twenties held responsible for going after a young and impressionable girl. Lydia isn’t at fault here. Parrish, in his mid-twenties and holding down a career where he has inevitably been taught all of these same laws and ethics, is.
PS: If Lydia were played by someone other than Holland Roden - oh, I don’t know, an actual 17/18 year old - you might see how disgusting it is.
There. Rant over. I’ve made my point and that’s the last I’m going to say about it.