Lock up your sons, Debra Lafave had her charges dropped. Well, actually, she's under house arrest. For those who don't know, she was a teacher who had sex with a 14 year old student.
I have to admit, my first thought looking at her is, "What I wouldn't give to be 14 and her student." Yes, I know, I'm a perv and an asshole. But I'm not the only guy who's had that thought. Look at her.
Then I think about my son. What if he were 14 and this happened to him? It's a pretty f*&^ed up thing she did. I'm not naive. 14 year olds sometimes have sex. But hopefully not with their 25 year old teachers...
Worse, her lawyer actually said in court, "She's too pretty to go to jail."
I've heard arguments and outrage on (P)MSNBC and Fox Snooze about the apparent double standard for male and female sex criminals. I'm not sure it's as much about gender as looks.
There also seems to be an argument that boys aren't harmed as much by this. It's tempting to think this way, because this kid won't face any stigma. He's probably seen as a stud.
But think about Mary Kay Laterno. She was a teacher in her mid 30s who screwed a 13 year old student. She's now out of jail and marrying the kid she screwed. He's 21 and marrying a 43 year old. To me that's proof that he's been terribly harmed.
Even if the victim enjoyed it, that doesn't mean they weren't harmed.
It's pretty clear how a man who did this would be viewed. Should we treat female predators differently???