I think that if they were able to get pregnant, that proves that they were ready to have sex. Evolution favors procreation over the needs of the individual. Society shames them for it, but there is no reason that they couldn't have raised a happy, healthy child, continued their education and became productive members of society. Teen moms do it literally every day.
The fact that they are physically capable
of carrying a child doesn't mean that they are emotionally or financially ready
to do so. We can talk about evolution until we're blue in the face but the fact of the matter is that evolution has instilled in us more than the ability to reproduce in our early teen years. It's also instilled in us, among other things, the ability to create complex societies in which having children in our early teen years can have a profoundly negative impact on our quality of life.
To be sure, there are indeed plenty of young single moms that were able to get their lives in order. I know some of them. But I think that this is the same sort of sleight of hand we usually see employed by economic conservatives. You can't act as if something like a pregnancy at age 14 is not, in general, a very bad thing to happen in this society (and for more than "moral" reasons) just because there are people that have managed to overcome it.
You missed my point. My point is that children are very sexual beings, despite what society would have you believe. I did not say anything about their readiness for sex other than stating that I, personally, was.
What issues? What negative issues may have arisen out of my 10 year old self having sex with my 20 year old babysitter that are not simply artificial morality issues imposed by a sexually-repressed society?
I completely understood your point. I just doubt that you're being completely honest with yourself. Maybe I'm wrong and you were an exceptional little boy in that regard. Only Allah knows. I'm just saying that I doubt it.
As far as negative issues go, I'd imagine that they'd be the same sorts of issues that other sexual abuse victims deal with, ie anything from control, trust and anxiety issues to depression, ptsd and substance abuse problems later in life. I know they've got support groups for this sort of thing and that there are men out there that are to this day ashamed and embarrassed about things that happened between them and their babysitters. How much of that is due to our society being sexually repressed or whatever is anyone's guess. I don't think that this sort of thing is possible to completely isolate as a variable in these sorts of discussions, nor do I think these things should be isolated.