Member Rara Avis
It may not for the grizzly old man, Reb, but what about the next female teacher who thinks one of her students is hot?
I have a tendency to agree with you about the severity - when I was fourteen I was "with" a 23 year-old and her sister - and never once even remotely considered it a bad thing.
But I was fourteen and, well, let's just say a fourteen-year-old boy's sexual judgment isn't exactly what we'd call, uhm, objective. I'm not throwing a stink about it happening, I don't regret that it happened. It doesn't make it right, though.
What if they'd have been one of my teachers and there was a suggestion that I might not do too well in class if I didn't comply? I suppose I could rat them out, though it's quite likely it wouldn't be believed - I mean, really, what grown woman would want to have sex with her underage student, much less feel compelled to resort to forcing him? What if I just didn’t like her? What if I found her unattractive? What if I was already with someone I cared about and they found out? What if my parents found out? What if my peers found out – sure, they might be high-fiving him, but they’re also looking at him every time he passes by, judging him, looking at him as an extension of the impropriety, not as a person himself. What if my teacher had been male? What if he had been "grizzly" (which, at that age if I remember correctly, started somewhere around the age of 35 )? What if he had been into some of the rougher stuff?
Sure, in this case, it’s quite possible (and even likely, considering how attractive she is) that the boy is extremely happy to have had the experience. But, aside from the legality, should that instance be allowed despite all the countless others that might not go so “good?” And this is all from a male’s perspective, the gender that is much less likely to be forced into sexual acts. Jump over to the other side of the fence and switch the sexes, where the teacher could even more readily take advantage of his student. In a small way, it’s like avoiding relationships at work – especially for the boss. If one’s in a position of authority, with the ability to influence another’s success or failure, they shouldn’t also be able to coerce the end results.
I think there are possibilities of good experiences with younger people and their [elders], but the potential harm it can cause far outweighs that remote likelihood. Those laws, I believe, are there for a good reason and should equally cover both sexes – the woman committed a crime and should pay for it accordingly…
Ok, I’ve been fighting it, but can’t help it – she should pay for her crime and be under house arrest… I happen to have an extra room. (ok, it’s just a joke, take the rest seriously please!)