Please read all the definitions.
Age and then Discrimination are defined below.
1.the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to: trees of unknown age; His age is 20 years.
2.a period of human life, measured by years from birth, usually marked by a certain stage or degree of mental or physical development and involving legal responsibility and capacity: the age of discretion; the age of consent; The state raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 years.
3.the particular period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything: He was over age for military duty.
4.one of the periods or stages of human life: a person of middle age.
5.advanced years; old age: His eyes were dim with age.
6.a particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch: the age of Pericles; the Stone Age; the age of electronic communications.
7.the period of history contemporary with the span of an individual's life: He was the most famous architect of the age.
8.a generation or a series of generations: ages yet unborn.
9.a great length of time: I haven't seen you for an age. He's been gone for ages.
10.the average life expectancy of an individual or of the individuals of a class or species: The age of a horse is from 25 to 30 years.
11.Psychology. the level of mental, emotional, or educational development of a person, esp. a child, as determined by various tests and based on a comparison of the individual's score with the average score for persons of the same chronological age.
12.Geology. a.a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature: the Ice Age. b.a unit of geological time, shorter than an epoch, during which the rocks comprising a stage were formed.
13.any of the successive periods in human history divided, according to Hesiod, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages.
14.Cards. a.Poker. the first player at the dealer's left. Compare edge (def. 10a). b.eldest hand.
20.of age, Law.
a.being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired. b.being old enough for full legal rights and responsibilities.
1.an act or instance of discriminating.
2.treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
3.the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
4.Archaic. something that serves to differentiate.
The most important and pertinent definitions for these two words has been provided.
When someone has not yet reached an "age of maturity" they are not, by the state, and by law to be considered mature enough to make their own decisions. They are not mature enough to have any control over their lives, even over their own health. They must get permission for everything.
They are under the state and their parents complete control.
Who would give a job to 12 year old? Oh and pay them too. The law says you don't have to. Actually it says you can't. You CAN employ them however, you just can't pay them for their hard work (read: school..who would've thought?)
Who would rent an apartment to a 14 year old? Again, if you're under 18 they probably won't rent to you...because you're not mature enough to sign a lease.
Who would give a 15 year old birth control or condoms or protection in general from STDs, because a 15 year old shouldn't be having sex anyways, they either won't give them to you, or call your parents so they can give THEIR consent...which of course they probably won't. Anyone under 18 isn't allowed to have sex, so why should they give you condoms or birth control? If they did wouldn't that automatically mean they're promoting sex between minors? That they're encouraging it? Oh no, we can't have that. They're too young to have sex!
Age discrimination is not only only wrong it is illegal. Oh no wait that's what those "DON'T BUY TOBACCO FOR MINORS" ads you see in your local wal-mart. While I do not like cigarettes (as they have a high probability of KILLING you...the warning label says so! It's right on the box!) I, as I have said before, don't think we should "restrict" access to minors to any product just because we don't want them to do something...with their body nonetheless!
Again, cigarettes DO kill. However, punishing a group of people who are under some arbitrary age is discrimination! Scroll up and reread the definition if you're still not convinced that minors are people too. Minors are people too! Again, minors are people too!
I shan't continue because this subject matter is making me angrier as I think about it.
Also, yelling through the internet is NOT a sign of immaturity...it's a sign of being enraged as I should be.