That’s still rape. Not using a condom when a girl specifically asks to USE a condom and basically pressuring her into consenting is NOT consent. Any sexual act without consent, to me, is a form of rape. Some may be in more of a grey area than others, but it’s still wrong AF. And yeah, the age thing is just an excuse. May ask how old the kids USED to be? Because if even one of them was under 16 then just the sex scene ALONE should’ve gotten the book removed.
This is how a Wattys shortlist winner had an underage sex scene, people noticed it before WP who was supposedly “hand picking” these books, and then when people demanded it be removed, WP let the author change the ages after the author threw a tantrum because they’re too afraid of confrontation to follow their own guidelines and give things to the people that actually deserve it.
THIS is why I say that no one actually looks at the reports and why I think that WP’s fear of confrontation makes them ignore everything they pretend to protect the community from. The rules are just there for show, basically