Magazine article Tikkun

Turning Eighteen? Welcome to a World of Fear

Magazine article Tikkun

Turning Eighteen? Welcome to a World of Fear

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This month the State Bar of California proudly issued its first "Survival Guide for Teenagers." You may have thought that the turn from teenager to adult should mark a time for hope and optimism, a time of opportunity, even freedom. Think again. To the ponderous lawyers of the Bar, this "important milestone" means only that "you are now an adult in the eyes of the law."

Thrilled to be able to drive without a learner's permit? Don't think that car will free you to explore a new world, young lady! Instead, remember that you are now subject to laws on reckless driving, speed limits, seat belts, even Jittering from your vehicle-just four in a list of ten "do nots" splashed across the survival guide's pages.

Thinking about "having fun" (a real subtitle in this document!)? "Keep in mind," states the Bar, "that there are legal limits [to fun]. "You better not " disturb the peace ... disrupt a sporting event" or "express yourself with spray paint." Drinking alcohol, besides being illegal, can "wreak havoc on your health and life." Even sex must be strictly regulated. "You may see it as love," states the Bar, "but having sex with anyone under age 18-even if it is with your consenting 17-year-old girlfriend-is against the law. …

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