130, a 20-year-old who asks a 16-year-old to have sex with him, or a 21-year-old who does the same with a 17-year-old, thereby commits a fifth-degree felony, punishable by six to 12 months in jail and a ,500 fine. But if the teenager broaches the subject, or if the sex proceeds without any explicit verbal reference to it, no crime has been committed.
Their evidence also suggested that both men and women can be the ones who want more bonding post-sex, which is contrary to what most people assume.
And they showed that the partner of whichever person falls asleep first tends to report wanting more post-sex affection.
This week the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill ostensibly aimed at fighting "human trafficking" that makes it a crime to "solicit" a legal act: sex with someone who is 16 or 17 years old. Since there is no requirement that money change hands, this provision criminalizes ordinary sexual propositions if one person is 16 or 17 and the other is at least four years older when it is the older person who makes the suggestion, .
Here is the relevant provision: No person shall solicit another, not the spouse of the offender, to engage in sexual conduct with the offender, when the offender is eighteen years of age or older and four or more years older than the other person, and the other person is sixteen or seventeen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of the other person.
They also examined what psychological factors are associated with this phenomenon.
The team examined the responses of 4,839 men and 6,669 women aged between 16 and 74 years who reported having lived with their romantic partner for at least a year.The elimination of any knowledge requirement, which is problematic even when the "solicitation" involves someone below the age of consent, is especially so when the person approached is 16 or 17.Since the difference between a 16- or 17-year-old and an 18-year-old may be difficult to discern, someone keen to avoid a felony charge would be wise to demand proof of age before saying anything about sex.Having been pregnant in the past year and having at least one young child were also associated with low sexual interest in women, but not men.A lack of the partner's "sexual competence at first sex" was also strongly associated with women's subsequent dwindling interest in sex.Interestingly, both men and women who found it easy to approach sex in a conversation with their partner were less likely to report a low sex drive. Graham comments on the results, saying, "Our findings show us the importance of the relational context in understanding low sexual interest in both men and women." "For women, in particular, the quality and length of [the] relationship and communication with their partners are important in their experience of sexual interest," she adds. Kirstin Mitchell, of the University of Glasgow, also weighs in.