Published on June 7th, 2013 | by anonymous


Age of reproduction in nature and throughout history

Biologically mammals, including humans, seem to start mating when they reach puberty. For example, Once a female cat reaches puberty, she becomes a queen, and estrus – sometimes spelled “oestrus” (heat) – cycles will start. Until she mates, these estrus cycles will repeat as often as every two or three weeks.

Other mammals

It seems that female mammals start mating when they reach puberty while males usually start mating at a much later age because they have to compete to mate.

General history regarding the age of consent

Historically, the age of consent for a sexual union has been determined by tribal custom or has been a matter for families to decide. In most cases, this has coincided with signs of puberty: menstruation for a woman and pubic hair for a man.[1] In Ancient Rome, it was very common for girls to marry and have children shortly after the onset of puberty.

Age of consent laws around the world from 1880 to 2007

Age of puberty

On average, girls begin puberty at ages 10–11;

Pedophilia(heterosexual hebephilia) in mammals

Legally defined pedophilia, or more accurately ‘heterosexual hebephilia’, is prevalent in mammals.

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