Long before she is 16 and thus, in the eyes of the law, “legal”, she’ll be leered at on the bus and chatted up by men five, 10, perhaps even 15 years her senior.
Post-puberty, her school uniform will prompt heckling from louts in vans.
"But the other side of me was concerned about what this means in terms of intimacy and how the dynamics would work." When Leah and Ryan met at a wedding four years ago, they didn’t expect to develop this type of arrangement.
None of these interactions became physical, which, looking back, was probably because I liked the idea rather than the reality. My interest in older men started to wane when one of my parents’ friends tried to grope me behind a door at a party. I look at my daughter now and I know what lies ahead.Does she appear to be under an unusual amount of stress?How was it that you happened to read her journal entry?I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.I didn’t think much beyond this fact, or why these men wouldn’t prefer to hang out with women their own age.
“I like everyone to meet each other and be friends and stuff,” he explains.