What a difference a mere 30 years makes
First, this story:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California high school teacher was arraigned on Monday at a Sacramento court accused of having sex with a student in a car as her two-year child was strapped into the back seat.This is weird on so many levels, but I want to say, uh, Margaret? if a two-year-old isn't talking yet, it's usually because he can't think of anything to say. No witnesses, okay?
Margaret De Barraicua, 30, a teacher trainee, was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, a 16-year-old student. The married woman was caught having sex in the late afternoon last week in what was apparently a consensual agreement, officials said.
But other than that, the whole infantilization of young adults kind of bothers me. When we make no distinction between a sixteen-year-old boy enjoying a sixteen-year-old boy's more common fantasy and a toddler victimized by Bad Touch (tm), what message are we sending? Do we really need to create yet another generation of grown-up helpless children?
Please understand that I am in no way advocating the practice of authority figures trolling the junior and senior class for playthings. That said, doesn't it bother you that if they were filming a remake of Summer of '42 today, it would end in the arrest and stoning death of the beautiful and tragic young widow? (Ooh, gotta call my agent.)