She's been up, she's been down, she's laughed, she's cried, and she believes that true love is possible.
By the end, when the lovers kiss and the credits roll, the person beside you on the couch has been put through the wringer.
I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.
And if you think you’re going to get through Valentine’s Day without it happening, you’re wrong. I was more preoccupied with what I saw: worldliness, sophistication, a gateway to adulthood.None of these interactions became physical, which, looking back, was probably because I liked the idea rather than the reality. My interest in older men started to wane when one of my parents’ friends tried to grope me behind a door at a party. I look at my daughter now and I know what lies ahead.Perhaps the difference is that now these things have been thought about, the repercussions have been felt and the language has been developed to unpick these relationships.Most importantly, the law is now frequently (but not always) being enforced.Those were the days when men joked about bedding teenagers and the concept of consent was rarely discussed.Lori Maddox, who lost her virginity to Bowie when she was 15, still maintains it was the greatest night of her life, though Mandy Smith, who was 14 when she began dating the Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, has talked about depression and having had her childhood stolen.This feature was originally published on March 22, 2013. It's not possible to get through life without watching a few date movies. I remember what it was like to be young and “on the cusp”.When I was in my early to mid-teens, this meant, to some of the men I encountered, I was “not quite legal” or, as many preferred, “jailbait”.