I was recently interviewed by Examiner.com‘s Michele Gwynn about a topic that really, really, REALLY riles me up – predatory women teachers and underage, young men survivors.
This *topic* and the apparently growing trend troubles me to no end. It also hits on so many dimensions of social justice inequalities. These include (but are not limited to) power differentials between teachers and students, sexual exploitation, sexism and our cultural inability to see women as predators, racism and our cultural inability to see white women as predators, and all kinds of arcane ideas about masculinity, specifically heterosexual masculinities as they’re experienced by adolescent men.
Here’s a snippet:
[Tibbals] states, when a teacher accepts a contract to teach, they accept all the rules that go with it which includes not dating students, not taking advantage of the power they have as the instructor, as the adult. Teachers are responsible for more than a student’s education. They are responsible for their safety during the time that student is in their custody. Violating that responsibility is directly causing harm to that student. (here)
Check out “Young male students and predatory female teachers, where’s the outrage?” in full right –> here
Point of clarification: I feel that the story I told about two former students did not come clear in the published piece…
Re a class discussion about Paul Walker immediately following his death, one student stated during the course of the conversation: “Who cares, he was so beautiful…” re Walker’s romantic and presumably sexual relationship with a 16 year old woman, which began when he was 33.
Soon after, students were presented with a final exam prompt that (among other things) asked them to critique three topics we had covered during the semester within the context of their perspectives on gender and sexualities. A second student wrote a deeply personal essay about her experiences as a teen dating a man in his mid-20s. She related feeling everything was great at the time but came to realize years later that she had been taken advantage of. She also struggled with feelings of betrayal re her own immediate family, all of whom had been supportive of the relationship when it was occurring.
Further, here’s an interesting list of women teacher-predators through the ages… what patterns do you see?
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