Heterosexual Menace: Hot for Students

Jim Burroway

May 18th, 2010

I just happened to come across this story during my lunchtime reading of the dead-tree version of the Arizona Daily Star:

Christie Elliot, 25, who coached the cheer squad and taught English at Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, for about a year, turned herself in to Tucson police as a result of a three-week investigation into her relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

…Police began investigating April 19 at the behest of the Vail School District after a parent told the Empire High principal that Elliot had been exchanging inappropriate text messages with his son via his iPod Touch. Some of the messages referred to kissing and the “need to be more careful,” according to court documents filed by police.

During the district’s initial investigation, laptop computers issued by the school to staffers and students were confiscated from Elliot and the student, court documents state. Elliot’s computer was found to contain topless pictures of the teacher. It is undetermined whether she sent those photos to students, according to court documents.

Now imagine a different but very similar story, with almost all of the details being identical — a hot 25-year-old teacher sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old male student, the teacher’s school-issued laptop containing topless photos, yadda, yadda, yadda, — except the teacher were a strapping male baseball coach and science teacher.

Do you suppose, as I do, that such a story would more likely appear on the paper’s front page above the fold, instead of being buried deep inside the inner recesses of the local news section like this one was?

This can only mean one thing: Our local newspapers are in collusion with the heterosexual conspiracy. You can learn more about this vast conspiracy in our report, “The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing the Myths.”

Mark F.

May 18th, 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.

Timothy Kincaid

May 18th, 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

Cole

May 18th, 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.

TampaZeke

May 18th, 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.

Burr

May 18th, 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.

Regan DuCasse

May 18th, 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.

Uki

May 18th, 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.

Uki

May 18th, 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.

Uki

May 18th, 2010

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

JJQR

May 18th, 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.

Ryan

May 19th, 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.

fannie

May 19th, 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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