Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Hot for Teacher Night": What Manner of Foolishness Is This?

When I was in high school, there was the occasional rumor of this teacher dating that student or this teacher sleeping with that student. 

Usually, if not always, the suspect teacher was male.  However, now that trend is reversed except that the accusations no longer exist simply as rumors;  more and more the rumors are proving to be true, and just as disgusting if not moreso, the offending teachers are female.

You know, I don’t quite understand it.  And as the instances of female teachers banging their male students become more prevalent and in the headlines, our society seems to be more and more accepting.  Just look at the sentences that are handed out in comparison with the sentences men receive for the same transgression.

And to add insult to injury, it is being reported that former teacher and child molester (that’s what she is) Mary Kay Letourneau and her former student/victim-cum-husband Vili Fualaau are hosting a “Hot for Teacher Night” at a local bar in Seattle.  If you remember, Mary Kay Letourneau was an early precursor to this trend.  At the age of thirty-four and married with four children, she engaged in a relationship with her then twelve year old student which resulted in a pregnancy.  After spending several years in jail, she married her former student, and they now have two children of their own.

Is this where we’re at now?  We’ve gone from our initial disgust and repulsion, to indifference, and now we are celebrating these relationships.

We go to great lengths to protect our daughters, but what about our sons?  They are no less susceptible to sexual abuse, and we should not be mulled into complacency.  Furthermore, young pre-teen and teenage boys are simply not ready for the mental and emotional, if not physical, demands of a sexual relationship, and the mental ramifications can be just as long-lasting and detrimental in young men as in young women.

Plan and simple, what is going on is rape.  Even if consent implied, it is rape.  Don’t be fooled;  it is not a question of desire in these women, but of power.  And we need to begin reacting to the rape of these young men as we would react to the rape of our daughters.


Anonymous said...

Is this a white thing?

Max Reddick said...

I'm going to do some research on that. So far, it has been mostly white teachers, but I think I recall an African American teacher getting caught up in the foolishness as well.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... "Hot For Teacher Night" does seem to be a mockery, of all the hurt Letourneau has caused with this young man. In fact, she had manifested traits of a common pedophile during that time, where she just couldn't stay away from that boy. Wow, the more I think about it, the more offended I get.

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