The Victorians have a reputation for being prim, proper and persnickety. As a member of the upper class in Victorian England during the reign of Queen Victoria , , one had to know the exhaustive rules of etiquette that went along with one's position. Today, many of these rules seem arbitrary and silly: Does it really matter the order in which dinner party guests enter the dining room? At the time it did, because such social niceties constituted basic manners and politeness. Of course, some etiquette rules were arbitrary, but they were nonetheless functional. Every society has such rules — like whether to drive on the right or left side of the street — to establish expectations and keep things running smoothly.
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The Victorian government has announced a plan to abolish the crime of public drunkenness four days ahead of an inquest into the death in custody of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day , who was arrested on the summary charge. Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning. She cited open container laws and aggressive protective custody provisions in other jurisdictions which mean that Aboriginal people were still effectively being arrested for public drunkenness.
In July the Guardian cited a Home Office report that recommended lowering the age of consent in line with lower ages of puberty. Although this report - Sexual Offences, Consent and Sentencing — was written in , and is bound up with number of concerns about the influence of Paedophile Information Exchange PIE at this time, the idea that a lower age of puberty should lead to changes in sexual consent law still lingers. Since then, society has moved on to more informed and enlightened attitudes about sex. Most importantly, the average age of puberty and sexual arousal has fallen dramatically to around ten to In the light of new evidence, the issue should be revisited and re-examined.