I started writing this post about a week ago. Hawaiian Libertarian has a great new post on the matter over at his blog I wanted to link to and preface my post with.
I've also noted the phenomena of women molesting their male students. Let me begin by saying that I am so sick of hearing things like "they're boys, they probably loved it". The fact that the "she/he wanted it" argument is the defense most often used by pedophiles and rapists aside; I don't care if they did love it. I don't care if every single one of them fantasized every single night about having a sexual encounter with that particular teacher. They are CHILDREN. Children that were molested and taken advantage of by adults that were responsible for their care. Children that were just as violated as any underage girl who's ever been molested by a male teacher. These "women" should all be serving jail time, the same amount of jail time as men convicted of the same crime. What they did is disgusting and inexcusable, and the fact that society should try and excuse them for sexually molesting a child is a fair indication of just how screwed up things really are.
I've been intrigued (and sickened) by the number of instances where attractive, young women have molested their students. I think most of us are shocked to find out that the teacher molesting her 14 year old student is a very attractive woman. I'll give you my take on the matter. I believe that, while in high school and college, these attractive young women were quite popular. I imagine the boys followed them around, eager to do or say anything that would get their attention. Since they were young, beautiful and female, I imagine much of their world revolved around them. I also imagine it was quite a shock for them to learn, once they got out into the real world, that the sun didn't rise and set with them, that they weren't the center of the universe, that in a real relationship, sometimes the focus isn't going to be entirely upon you. I know that a number of the teachers that have committed this crime were married. I imagine they were very disillusioned when they realized that their husbands weren't going to worship them and lavish constant attention and compliments upon them. I think the young boys represented what these women considered the best time of their lives...the time when everything revolved around them. That's just me musing. Conjecture aside, I don't care why they did it, it was wrong and they should be sentenced accordingly. Not according to the precedents being set for WOMEN that have molested their students, but according to what has traditionally been the sentence for a teacher molesting a student.