Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Taking Issue with MacYapper

OK, you know I love John, but today's MacYapper blog made me cringe.

A 26 year old teacher in the Moon Area School District has been charged for having sexual contact with a 14 year old male student. MacYapper writes:

MacYapper - Question... how come when pervy teachers go after young prey in
Florida, they look like Playboy playmates, or at least Hooters girls, but when
it happens here they look like someone you may or may not want a reach-around
from after having one too many at Jacks on the South Side?

He posts pictures to illustrate his point (hot Florida blond teacher, less attractive brunette teacher from Pittsburgh).

Does the boy who was raped by his teacher feel better about it if she's a hottie? Seriously? Does that give him some sort of street cred because he should feel *fortunate* for banging a teacher? I think the photo John posted was Debra Lafave who had some of her charges dropped b/c of the negative impact the media scrutiny had on her victim. Imagine being that kid in the locker room. My understanding is that the 14 year old in the Moon case is still denying the sexual contact.

No one discussed the hotness of the 20 year old Marine who kidnapped and raped a 13 year old girl. No one suggests she is lucky for getting to have sex with a grown man (in a uniform!) who took the bus all the way from North Caroline to propose to her.

Clear examples of how patriarchal attitudes hurt boys and men. And all of us.

For the record, I know John isn't condoning adult teachers "seducing" their students. But it still bothered me ...

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