12 responses

  1. Mark F.
    May 18, 2010

    Also, the assumption is that most 15 year old boys would really want to be seduced by the hot female teacher, while no 15 year old boy could possibly be tempted by a male teacher and would obviously have to be totally coerced.

  2. Timothy Kincaid
    May 18, 2010

    Why, stories illustrating the predatory nature of heterosexual teachers have become so common that they’ve lost the power to shock. It’s just another heterosexual doing what it is that they do: seduce children.

    /snark

  3. Cole
    May 18, 2010

    I agree with Mark F. and Jim Burroway. If this story had been about two people of the same sex the coverage would be much different and way more negative and that’s because of heterosexual prejudices against anything with gay people.

  4. TampaZeke
    May 18, 2010

    The only time that a female sexual predator is treated like a male sexual predator is when the victim is also female.

    The only time a male sexual assault victim is treated like a victim of sexual assault is when the predator is a male.

    Gender and sexual orientation of the predator and the victim determine just how the public will react and just how the law will be enforced.

  5. Burr
    May 18, 2010

    Well in Florida at least it’s happened so often and so high profile that it HAS lost the ability to shock regardless of genders involved.

    Kind of crazy really. Just shows how hard it is to get good teachers now with how dysfunctional the public school system is.

  6. Regan DuCasse
    May 18, 2010

    I hate to say I told you so…but…

    I have suggested to the virulently anti gay that their focus endangers, rather than protects young people. That gender and sexual orientation bias disregards that the predatory nature of adults and young people is essentially, gender and orientation NEUTRAL.

    There is no higher or lower representation in either, but basically a lack of balance in understanding a different category of adult.

    That is: adults that prey on the weaker among them. These are people that know the object of their attention is powerless, and socially isolated and without any way of resistance or protection.
    As any rape and sexual assault expert will tell you, it’s not about mutual attraction, but power and control…and humiliation.

    I think what would make this issue much more streamlined, is life sentencing for sexual assault. One strike.
    However, unless there is an at large and serious discussion about bias in the gender and orientation aspect, such a law will inevitably, as it has in the past, unfairly impact gay men in particular.

  7. Uki
    May 18, 2010

    I don’t think this is about sexual orientation at all. I think this is all about gender bias.

    Our societies have taught that when two people having sex, the guy is in power and the women is in submissive. No matter what the age. There was a similar story of a 26 year old women were having sex and even got pregnant from a 10 year old boy, and it’s still not in the front page. In fact, the reader’s comment was saluting the boy for being ‘macho’ or ‘womanizer’ or whatever.

    Not just that, societies have also thought that boys have more rights to sexual exploration that women do. Regardless of sexual orientation, it seems that for men, the more sex they got, the more pride they get. But for women, the more sex they got, the less they get.

    It just happen to be this one is about older women with younger men. It is probably not in the front page because they thought that: “Oh, that boy wants it anyway, it’s not really a crime” or “that boy is lucky, able to have sex that much.”

    And as I said, this case won’t be in the front page because society’s mindset of ‘who’s in charge’ on the sexual nature of that relationship was actually at the teenage one, the ‘weak’ one. The same thing will happen if it was about an older women with a teenage girl.

  8. Uki
    May 18, 2010

    I think America need a lot more gender studies in schools and not in universities. Because stories such as this has becoming more frequent lately, and the bias is too obvious.

    Oh, btw, I’m sure it would be in headline, if the 25-year-old woman was a butch and wasn’t that good looking, and the younger boy was feminine.

    Really, I think this whole case is all about gender bias. It has absolutely nothing to do with sexual orientation.

  9. Uki
    May 18, 2010

    I really need to work on my grammar. My grammar sucks :(

  10. JJQR
    May 18, 2010

    Actually, the most high-profile publicized cases like this have always been female teachers going after male students. Though it’s happened with male-on-male players, those stories are never publicized, because those are not as “sexy” to the general public. And news stories, after all, have to be entertaining to the masses.

  11. Ryan
    May 19, 2010

    I agree with Uki. This story would also get a lot more play if the teacher were male and the student was female. This is a sexism thing, not a gay thing.

  12. fannie
    May 19, 2010

    I agree with TampaZeke.

    Although the media is relatively dismissive of female sexual predators who assault boys, had the victim been a girl, the media would have been all over it.

    Although, one wonders, what if the teacher had been a man and the victim a girl… too common to bother putting on the front page?

    The media loves the narrative of “homosexuals as sexual predators.” Heterosexuals, not so much.

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