Teenage dating in the 1970s
For most of them, a relationship such as the ones Moore is reported to have pursued with teens is far beyond the norm. Even "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, a conservative Christian who married his wife when he was 20 and she was 16, caused a firestorm years ago for advising men, "You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16." Easter said she experienced this courtship culture herself.As a woman in a fundamentalist Christian church who was expected to remain under her father's roof until he handed her over to her husband, Easter became a "stay-at-home daughter" after high school.She said she understood the pressure a teenager might feel to marry an older man as a way to gain some measure of independence.Easter left her fundamentalist community four years ago, at age 21, after breaking off a relationship with a man her father selected for her.Such a rule did not hold in my time, at least not among the people I knew. The only women any of us ever saw were women that were dating our friends.If it were not permissible to date them in our turn, we would have had no one to date. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)( When Roy Moore, then 34 years old, asked 17-year-old Debbie Wesson Gibson whether she would date him, Gibson asked her mother what she would think. "It's not so uncommon that people would necessarily look at it askance," said Nicholas Syrett, a University of Kansas professor who recently published a book on child marriage in America.14 year old girls courting adult men isn't entirely uncommon," Kathryn Brightbill, who works for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, tweeted Friday, prompting a flurry of responses from other people who also had watched teenagers date much older Christian men.
Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. According to The Washington Post's investigation into Moore's alleged pursuit of teenage girls, which was published Thursday, Gibson's mother replied, "I'd say you were the luckiest girl in the world." That attitude of encouraging teenage girls to date older men, rather than shielding girls from men's advances, sounded familiar to some people who read the Post story that has shaken Moore's bid for the U. "The South has a much longer history of allowing minors to marry, and obviously there's some courtship or dating - whatever you want to call it - leading up to that." That courtship of underage girls is especially common in conservative religious communities.
Now, she helps run Courage Conference, a gathering of people who have left abusive religious communities, and listens to the struggles of the women who attend.
"Their lives are very difficult now that they've gotten free.
Of course that's untrue, but surely somebody could internalize that shame," she said.
"Unfortunately, there's a lot of abuse in those patriarchal communities," she said.
That's when all states changed their laws so the minimum marital ages were the same for men and women.