Banty Rooster-Types Prey on Our â€œChicksâ€
By: Patti Bankson
Although Iâ€™m not a huge Geraldo Rivera fan, I have watched him occasionally when he reported on an interesting topic. Regardless of the passing of time, he hasnâ€™t really changed that much. Like the rest of us, heâ€™s older, grayer and a little more wrinkled. Otherwise heâ€™s still a feisty little Banty Rooster with an exaggerated sense of manliness. He seems to think that virility, courage and strength go hand-in-hand with masculinity. In other words, the guyâ€™s drowning in machismo! In a way that makes him kind of funny. But, when you think about it, the kinds of attitudes he puts out there are actually quite far from humorous.
On a weekend news program discussing female teachers molesting male students he was asked: â€œIs it right for pretty female teachers with great bodies to get such light punishment for their actions compared to the punishment male teachers get for molesting female students?â€
Not surprisingly, Geraldo belongs to the â€œsheâ€™s too pretty to go to jailâ€ school of thought. Talking personally he said that if his son was involved sexually with a female teacher, â€œthatâ€™s one thing; but if itâ€™s my daughter, Iâ€™ll go looking for him (the male teacher) with a stick!â€ He added: â€œWith a boy that kind of thing is a bragging right â€“ thereâ€™s no scar on the psyche.â€ (Notice that when he was talking about his son he called it â€˜sexual involvementâ€™, not sexual molestation.) Unfortunately, heâ€™s not the only male who thinks that way … how many times have you heard a man say, while salivating so much they had trouble getting their words out, â€œThey didnâ€™t make them (female teachers) that way when I was in schoolâ€ ? Hello! How do they look at boys with a wink and a â€œboys will be boysâ€ attitude without realizing that their own daughters â€“ or sisters and nieces â€“ could be fishing in this very dating pool?? Are they really so naÃ¯ve as to believe these guys suddenly become different people when theyâ€™re with their daughters or female relatives?? Ah, but, I digress.
We have to understand this is not about sex, just as rape isnâ€™t about sex. Itâ€™s about power and control. Itâ€™s about the power of someone in authority to exercise control over someone in a subordinate position. Itâ€™s about whether itâ€™s EVER okay for an adult to have a sexual relationship with a child of any age or either gender. Male molesters use puppies to lure their victims â€“ females use their looks and societyâ€™s skewed attitude on this subject to lure their victims. No matter what lure is used, no matter the molesterâ€™s gender, no matter the victimâ€™s gender, either sex between adults and children is wrong or itâ€™s not.
The sexualization of our children is rampant. The line defining the â€œage of consentâ€ continues to be blurred further and further. Bad â€“ even illegal â€“ behavior in adults has become so acceptable that either it goes un-noticed … or goes on TV and wins an Emmy. On top of all that, the law and the courts have forgotten whom theyâ€™re sworn to protect.
I donâ€™t know whether this is the trickle-up or the trickle-down theory in action. All I do know is it will not change until decent people with their heads screwed on right take some action of their own.
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