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The Imposter Age of Majority

In Youth Rights on August 13, 2011 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

The imposter age of majority is 21 because the real age of majority is 18. The reason why I call it the imposter age of majority is because in the United States, the age of majority is supposedly 18. This is not the case In Mississippi. Unfortunately, the age of 21 is many times used as a minimum age to do things like to drink alcohol, get a credit card without restriction or gamble. Using this age as a restriction is age discrimination. It is true that some 18-year olds are not mature enough to drink alcohol, gamble or keep a credit card but using the age of 21 as a restriction is not the answer. In the first article I released for my blog, I said that alcohol licensing and alcohol education could make for an effective drinking age of 18. When it comes to credit, let 18-year olds get credit if the company wants allows for her or him to get it. Gambling is different but there are rich young women and young men who are of ages 18 to 20 so they should be allowed to gamble.

For a comparison, not even the United Kingdom uses the age of 21 as a restriction as much as the U.S. does. Many age candidacy laws in the United Kingdom are 18 where in the United States, its 21 or 25. To be a member of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, one must be 18 or older. Regarding age candidacy laws, the United Kingdom is better but when taking everything into account, the United Kingdom is marginally better than the United States when it comes to youth rights. Canada is much better when it comes to youth rights because the age of majority in the provinces and territories is either 19 or 18. The age of majority in Canada means a lot more than in the United Kingdom, especially in the United States.

In the United States, people need to stop treating the age of 21 as a kind of magical number. There is the 21 gun salute but that doesn’t justify using 21 as a minimum age to do things. In addition, when one is 20 years old, one is decades years old. Adding one more year to create a restriction makes for nonsense. Hotels need to stop enforcing rules which requires a guest to be 21 years or older to check-in. If the hotel is worried about damage because of unruly hotel guests, then the hotel should enforce behavior. The use of the imposter age of majority is too common in the U.S. People who care about youth rights can do something about this. If a person who cares about youth rights and who owns a hotel or a Bed & Breakfast, she or he should repeal a rule which uses the imposter age of majority. If a person who cares about youth rights when it comes to alcohol is a legislator, she or he should introduce a bill which would allow soldiers to drink alcohol at an on base bar. There are ageists who defend the use of the age of 21 as tradition but as years turn into decades, traditions are more likely to be questioned. No more ageism, the real age of majority is 18.

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2 Responses to “The Imposter Age of Majority”

  1. Hotels should a maximum minimum age of checking in at 18. When I visited Virginia Beach in 2010, I might have paid for the room but Priceline didn’t allow people under 21 to be the person who is the primary person who checks in. However, I think there are hotels that are more youth friendly.

  2. So its ok with you that a credit card company limit extending credit to some one due to age, but it is not ok if a hotel does the same thing?

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