"From music videos, to porn, to Disney, this is all sits within this bigger cultural context of media images and cultural messages that absolutely eroticize and hyper-sexualize teen girls," she said. So does Age Match.com, a website specifically designed for older men with younger women relationships and older women with younger men relationships."When you start stretching decades and you're talking about young girls, under 19 or so, it's probably problematic," said Dr.Lee Cohen, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is based in New York.According to the NCHS's William Mosher, the average age for first-time sex for women is between 16 and 17.
As the age gap increases, Manlove explained, the likelihood of using contraceptives decreases.
She argued that these relationships are too harshly criticized.
For her, they were positive experiences -- she even saw the potential for marriage with some of the men.
Child Trends, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.
C., has looked at contraceptive use amongst teen girls and found that those dating men who are 3 to 4 years older are at higher risk of STD and pregnancy than those having sex with boys their own age.