So this is a spinoff from the thread recently closed by Ellen Cherry (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=603528) concerning a Doper’s 17-yr-old daughter dating a 25-yr-old male.
The latter half of the thread turned into a Dio vs. all comers discussion of what the appropriate age for relationships/sexual activity is that totally derailed the thread.
So I’m re-opening the question over here as suggested–
What’s the appropriate age for a teenager/young adult to start having relationships, sexual or otherwise?
At what point does it become skeevy for an older person to date a younger person at or near the age of consent?
I feel like the list of permutations is too vast for a poll to meaningfully cover the expected range of answers, so it’s not a poll.