So: are we projecting modern attitudes back into a very different time? Yes, we are. Are we right to do so? Yes, we are. Many things once considered \”normal\” – ranging from institutional racism and legal suppression of homosexuality to drinking and driving or smoking in public places – are now proscribed, and we are, both as a culture and as individuals, better for it.
Quite simply, we know better now, and these days most grownups, thankfully, act on that knowledge. In the supremely unlikely event that your correspondent were to be hit on by a naked 14-year-old, I\’d make like Gary Puckett, throw a coat over her and send her in a cab back to her mother.
Smoking in a pub equals statutory rape.
I think we might have gone a teensie bit overboard there, no?