Teacher sex scandals: Double standard?

· Philosophy, Popular culture

In the United States, over the last several years, there have been several scandals concerning female teachers having sex with their male students. The most famous case happened with Mary Kay Letourneau. The most surprising thing about this case is that she ended up marrying the student and as far as I know, they are still together! Do you think that there should be any difference when a female teacher is the one having sex, and not a male teacher? I think there should be a double standard in this case. There is a great difference between morality and legality. Morally, people should not have sex outside of marriage, whether they are a teacher or not. But I don’t think it’s nearly as serious with a female teacher as it is with a male teacher. Most teenaged guys wish they would be a seduced by a female teacher. Most teenaged girls wish they would not be seduced by a male teacher. I think there is all the difference in the world between the two situations.


A young man does not go through the emotional trauma that a young girl does if he is seduced. Perhaps if he were seduced by another man, then it would be similar. Teenaged boys are much more sexual in general than teenaged girls. Teenaged boys are willing to have sex just for the sake of sex. Teenaged girls want to have sex more than they probably ever have in the past, but there is still an interplay of emotions along with the sex for girls. A male teacher is using his power to seduce a girl who does not want to be seduced. A female teacher can be overpowered in most cases by the young guy she is seducing at any time. The fact that sex happens between the young guy and the female teacher seems to suggest that he is a willing partner. I think all of this should be kept in mind when the legality of the issue is being considered. 

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