Affinity Magazine, which bills itself as “the first social justice platform that directly caters to teens,” has weighed in on “Call Me By Your Name,” the controversial new film which revolves around a sexual relationship between a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. According to “high school teenager” Fernando Reyes, people who are rightfully creeped out by the idea of such a relationship are all bent out of shape over nothing. See, in Italy, the age of consent is 14, which makes this all totally OK:
Call Me By Your Name is set in Italy where the age of consent is 14. There is no solid argument for anyone to state that the narrative is a pedophiliac or even predatory one. https://t.co/BuMf3ZDV0X
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) January 9, 2018
All you haters back off, because this story is, like, so totally romantic and stuff:
In three days, I found myself finishing the book Call Me By Your Name. Not going to lie, I found it an absolutely magniloquent book that, because of the authenticity, finds a way to pull at the heartstrings. I connected with it because of Elio’s overbearing lust, his need for romance, sexuality, for his almost oblivious approach to his intelligence, his wisdom. Elio is my age during this summer tryst with Oliver and as a gay man myself, that does something to me, to know that a character out there carries himself with such poise and unrestrained lust. The book is one cornucopia of Elio’s desires. He’s discovering a part of himself that had previously been slightly opened but not entirely welcomed. That, above everything, speaks to me, but of course, some antagonistic conversation about the age gap always finds itself knocking at your door.
Those often ignorant conversations can be slightly maddening at times for me because I am one who has invested time and thought into a book that is an incredible representation for the community, particularly for bisexuals in same-sex relationships. This is a success in all shapes and forms.
Magniloquent! A cornucopia of desires!
Barf. It’s not romantic; it’s creepy. And the fact that Affinity, “written by teens for teens,” is pushing this kind of crap creates a whole new level of disturbing.
— d (@_wvsp_) January 10, 2018
We really using this trash argument to defend the movie huh
— ❣️ Joan ❣️ (@oluwajfal) January 10, 2018
Tell me you’re not serious
— tiger teeth anatole (@wtmgay) January 9, 2018
— tiger teeth anatole (@wtmgay) January 9, 2018
There are many solid arguments to refute your specious claim.
— Marcus Woods (@MEWoodsII) January 10, 2018
Slavery was totally cool when it was legal.
— Not Meh (@RightAllTheTime) January 10, 2018
Slavery and race discrimination was once the law. Guess it was ok then, huh?
— Velvet B. Sugar (@TMIWITW) January 10, 2018
Do you argue in favor of an adult engaging in sex with a 14 year old in Italy then?
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 10, 2018
The age of consent might be 3 in a country. Doesn’t make it any less predatory
— girl by the bay (@iesjess) January 10, 2018
Even if it’s legal does not mean it’s not predatory.
— maddi.jpg (@MBongard123) January 10, 2018
Log off and hand the phone to an adult. Just because something is legal does not make it morally okay.
— molly (@mollywater666) January 10, 2018
It’s predatory, regardless of legality and this is something that really needs to be addressed in the lgbt community, just as it needs to be addressed in society at large.
Young disaffected adult men need to stop praying on insecure teenagers, who don’t know better.
— Guillotine Queen (@Jai_Tea_Latte) January 10, 2018
This is harmful to all of your underage readers. We are not going to discuss how consent laws don’t actually effect a persons ability to not be manipulated but predatory people seeking out teenagers because you don’t have the depth. Just delete this.
— matilda defense squad (@aquaIoona) January 10, 2018
I understand that Affinity is run by teenagers…and that’s what makes this particularly harmful. Teen relationships with adults are never okay and any adult that ever makes you feel otherwise is wrong. Age of consent laws do not mean it’s not harmful.
— Caitlin McLaughlin (@mclaughlin_cait) January 10, 2018
Y’all what the fuck. Like I’m also a teenager like the writer of this article, I know we want to seem mature and like adults, but we aren’t adults. We are still developing. Romanticizing an adult taking advantage of us and our inexperience is never okay.
— scummy youth (@TeenTyrant) January 10, 2018
OMG…so frickin creepy. Shame on you.
— Sally Tanner (@sally_tanner) January 10, 2018
This is deeply disturbing and disappointing. Shame on you.
— Doctor G (@DoctorG777) January 10, 2018
This is called rationalization. It’s totes ok if “art” celebrates something that’s predatory. LOVE IS LOVE. . .right? Isn’t that how wokeness works? https://t.co/lNrNuxVP3X
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) January 10, 2018
— Reginald W. Harper (@harperreginald1) January 10, 2018
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