Sex and power are closely related concepts, and that’s something we all find out about sooner or later. Whether it’s Adam and Lilith arguing about who’s on top (Spoiler: Lilith lost) or rules about relationships between upper management and lower-level in a company — society makes no bones about the Stockholm Syndrome derivative that is every functional relationship.
For Example: In Washington D.C. (the cash-green heart of power brokering in America), Washington Post columnist Betsy Karasik thinks that the relationship between power and sex should be part of every young lady’s education. Days after pasty white Stacey Rambold was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the rape (and subsequent suicide) of his student, 14-year-old Cherice Morales, Betsy posted this in her editorial column:
[box type=”shadow”]As protesters decry the leniency of Rambold’s sentence — he will spend 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who committed suicide at age 16 — I find myself troubled for the opposite reason. I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized. While I am not defending Judge G. Todd Baugh’s comments about Morales being “as much in control of the situation” — for which he has appropriately apologized — tarring and feathering him for attempting to articulate the context that informed his sentence will not advance this much-needed dialogue.”[/box]
To spare you a degree of brain pollution: Betsy says sex between students and teachers shouldn’t necessarily be a crime, even if it is “technically” statutory rape. In support of her position, Betsy quoted a Louis C.K. bit on reducing child abductions:
On the surface, that might seem a little crass by Louis C.K.’s typically everyman standards. But Louis is talking about preventing the greater of two evils by examining our reaction to the first. And the statutory laws in our country are worth thinking about; are they right or wrong, why do we believe they are, what’s the appropriate punishment and who are they protecting or hurting? What’s the price, and where is the reward? Those are questions worth asking…in the appropriate venue, at the appropriate time. Not when you’re on the heels of a tragic suicide caused by a monster who abused his position of power to “educate” Cherice into what he wanted her to be.
Granted, yes, this was an op-ed editorial column, where the writer has the “right” to give any opinion they please. It’s true. But then again, as much as I might want to enlighten the world with this objective analysis, AATTP would never let me publish an op-ed titled “12 Reasons Hitler was Kind of Right About the Jews” on their website. Registered “opinion” or not, that’s just not the kind of thing AATTP wants its logo next to. We’d call this “tacit endorsement.” The fact that The Washington Post would even ALLOW this op-ed to make it to print shows what kind of world they live in, and what kind of “education” they tacitly endorse.