How do you solve a problem like Gauguin?

It’s not an uncommon argument. “Gaugin tried to excuse his behavior by saying, ‘14 out here is like 18 in Europe,’ and that may have been true,” Childs said. Times were different; the age of consent may have been much lower in Tahiti than in Paris. “But what’s also true,” she added, “is that sex might happen between 14-year-olds, but when you bring in a French-educated and apparently financially independent white male, that sort of changes the dynamic.”

ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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