Main Jail Bait Discussion

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HighCrate
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04:57:02 PM Sep 15th 2015
edited by HighCrate
There are a lot of examples here in which the work either originates from or is set in a place where the character is above the local age of consent (if any). It seems to me that this makes them not examples, since the trope is specifically about the risk of jail time if a sexual relationship is pursued, and if they're legal, that's not a factor (however squicky it may be to our modern Western sensibilities).

I'm thinking these examples should be removed, but I wanted to bring it up here before deleting a quarter to a third of the examples on the page.
Larkmarn
05:10:06 AM Sep 16th 2015
Depends if the work treats them as being underage or not. Even if, in Real Life the AOC is 16, if the work acts like it's 18 there, it'd count.
SeptimusHeap
05:28:06 AM Sep 16th 2015
I think examples based on Artistic License Law can stay, myself.
HighCrate
07:57:37 AM Sep 16th 2015
edited by HighCrate
Good point, I agree. If one character makes a "jail time" joke or reference to another, then it counts, even if only as a discussed example.
HypercatZ
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04:59:21 AM Apr 25th 2012
Do we need another trope for when a very evident minor girl acts or dress as she was a jailbait, and maybe she really belive she can be that (even thought her perception of male-x-female relationship is still bound to fairy tales), but she just results in being ridiculus or, in the best cases, just hilariously cute? Former sample
BigT
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03:07:13 AM Jun 22nd 2010
Pulling for Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment. I would pull more, but I'm not sure how much needs to be left. But the idea that a child deserves to be a considered a sex offender for showing photos of himself is controversial, to say the least.

  • Which, though the punishment is harsh, isn't too bad an idea. Kids need to be more aware that those images and videos can go anywhere—and that the people the send it to are just as stupid as they are... And, by the way, most kids who do this WILL be charged as a sexual offender.

FastEddie
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07:36:51 PM Mar 6th 2010
defines jargon
bluehedgehogjunkie
12:27:08 PM Nov 2nd 2014
edited by 72.146.77.227
Does anyone else find the term "jailbait" creepy as hell? Kinda makes it sound like the girls deliberately try to get grownass men in trouble with their hotness, or something.
tricksterson
08:45:44 PM Nov 27th 2014
Nah, that's Fille Fatale
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