“A jury has found a former Lancaster County teacher guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old student in 2008.
“It took less than an hour for the jury to return with the verdict Wednesday against 35-year-old Christy Smith.
“The jury convicted her of four counts including sexual assault, corruption of a minor and involuntary deviant sexual assault.”
— “Pa. teacher convicted on teen sex charges,” Associated Press March 27, 2014
In 1999, I interviewed Wendy Shalit about her book, A Return to Modesty. She told the story of a guy making an advance and complaining that she needed to get over her “hang-ups,” to which Shalit replied: “I don’t have hang-ups. You’re just a pervert.”
Women have traditionally been the gatekeepers of sexual orthodoxy, the arbiters of virtue in American society. Therefore, advocates of unrestrained perversion have devoted enormous effort to attacking the “hang-ups” of morality that prevent most women from fornicating with the ghastly shamelessness of “Belle Knox.” If sexual liberationists can persuade women to screw around with the reckless abandon of drunken sailors on shore leave, their self-appointed task of destroying American morality will be complete.
This is the project of “pro-sex feminism” and, as with all utopian social-engineering projects, the common-sense objection occurs: If this vision is so desirable, why have 5,000 years of human history left no record of a successful society based on such principles?
“The life of Shasta and Adam Belty’s son was turned upside down when he got mired in a sex scandal with a Sand Springs teacher. . . .
“Erin Kathleen Queen, then a 27-year-old English teacher at Charles Page High School, was arrested on March 17, 2012, after the Beltys became concerned about their 17-year-old son’s whereabouts.
“The teen eventually told his parents he was at the Candlewood Suites near 71st Street and Mingo Road with Queen, and the Beltys immediately contacted police.
“She was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a first-degree rape complaint but later charged with second-degree rape and a misdemeanor charge contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The latter of which was included based on allegations she’d supplied the Beltys’ son with vodka.
“The charges were dismissed last week when Queen pleaded guilty . . . to a felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. . . .
“‘It’s very frustrating to us that she basically got a slap on the wrist,’ Shasta Belty said.”
— Tulsa World, “Victim’s parents frustrated after former Sand Springs teacher gets probation in sex scandal,” March 28, 2014
Sober reflection leads responsible adults to the conclusion that traditional morality — denounced by feminists as a “social construct” of the “heteronormative patriarchy” — was based on an understanding of human nature more accurate than the abstract theorizing of the intelligentsia. If human nature is immutable, what will be the effect of changing the rules of sexual behavior to fit their radical philosophies?
We cannot safely predict any specific result. However, we can expect that many bad consequences will follow, including consequences which the advocates of “liberation” tut-tutted as impossible when they were mentioned as hypothetical objections before the sexual revolution. The harms inflicted under the New Order will be often bemoaned by the liberationists, and cited as proof of the need for still more radical measures, despite the objections of traditionalists who point out that these woes are a direct result of previous radical “reforms.”
The Washington Post offers feminist Jessica Valenti op-ed space to argue that we need to keep talking about “rape culture,” coincidentally providing Valenti a chance to promote her book about “Female Sexual Power.” But what if female sexual power is actually a major contributing factor to rape culture? This paradoxical possibility isn’t something anyone at the Washington Post is willing to consider, yet the celebration of aggressive promiscuity in the name of “empowerment” may be implicated in all kinds of unintended consequences:
There was nothing outwardly headline-grabbing about Bryana H. French’s latest study, published in the august and largely unread pages of Psychology of Men and Masculinity, an academic journal that typically reaches an audience of dozens. While her findings were depressing, they were depressingly banal: according to French and her team of researchers at the University of Missouri, “sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States.” Well, we know that.
So why the media scrum? Because the authors concluded that “43 percent of high school boys and young college men” — yes, boys and young men — “reported they had an unwanted sexual experience and of those, 95 percent said a female acquaintance was the aggressor.”
In a press release, French pointed out that “the victimization of men is rarely explored” and concluded hopefully that her team’s findings could “help lead to better prevention by identifying the various types of coercion that men face and by acknowledging women as perpetrators against men.”
The idea that boys (those sex-obsessed little monsters) could be victims of “sexual coercion,” while young girls (so often on the receiving end of clumsy and aggressive sexual advances of the sex-obsessed little monsters) could be perpetrators is, to many, both counterintuitive and unlikely.
“This is such an under-discussed topic,” clinical psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg told The Daily Beast. . . .
“I really do believe that girls are more aggressive sexually today than they were ten years ago, and I haven’t seen the same trend in boys. I think it has a lot to do with the hook-up culture where there’s this permission to get involved physically without getting involved emotionally. Boys were always expected to be the sexual initiators, and now girls are doing the initiating.”
So, “girls are more aggressive sexually today,” which Jessica Valenti and other feminists would certainly applaud as liberation and equality, an exercise of “female sexual power,” no matter what the parents of young victims might say. And in case you haven’t noticed, boys are not the only victims of “more aggressive” women. Careful readers may notice a recurring theme in the following stories:
“A former dance director at Humble High School who admittedly had sex with one of her female students, even inside a classroom, learned her punishment for the crime.
“Amanda Michelle Feenstra pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and probation. She was charged . . . after authorities learned of the year-long relationship she had with a member of the ‘Wild Cadets’ dance team.
“Police said Feenstra engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with the student from August 2010 to November 2011. The student was 17 years old when the relationship began and Feenstra was 30. . . .
“The student’s mother accused Feenstra of stealing her daughter’s innocence.”
— KHOU-TV, “Former dance director at Humble High sentenced for having sex with student,” Oct. 23, 2013
“Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua told Judge Joseph Paone that Blessing assaulted the girl after the girl’s mother asked Blessing to ‘watch out for her’ because the girl was struggling through a difficult time.
“‘The betrayal of trust is a huge thing here,’ Bevacqua said.
“The victim’s mother told Paone that Blessing had groomed her daughter for a long period of time before assaulting her. ‘She took my daughter’s innocence away,’ the mother said.”
— Middlesex (N.J.) Home News Tribune, “Former Bishop Ahr swim coach gets jail, probation for sex with student,” Sept. 30, 2010
“There’s no way a 14-year-old can consent to a relationship with an adult. . . . She took away her innocence. My daughter trusted her, and she deceived her.”
— Tampa Tribune, “Mom Of Minor In Teacher-Student Sex Case Speaks Out,” June 17, 2008
“She definitely took our daughter’s innocence away, in a way that should not have been done.”
— ABC News, “Fla. Teen Jailed for Same-Sex Relationship With Underage Girlfriend Ready to ‘Move On’,” Feb. 14, 2014
Parents say that their daughters’ innocence is being lost to lesbian predators, and this seems to be an increasingly common occurrence:
- Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
- Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was charged with 16 felony counts in February after two former female students accused her of sexually molesting them. One accuser said Cardosa started having sex with her when she was only 12.
- Nicole Wooten was arrested in February 2013 on charges that she had sex with a girl in 2005 and 2006, when the victim was a 12-year-old eighth-grader.
- Linda Wallace was sentenced to prison in September after pleading guilty to having had a four-year sexual affair with a female student that began when the girl was 13.
- Tonya Drueppel was arrested in January on charges that she had sex with a middle-school girl beginning in October 2012, when the victim was 13.
Parents who invoke lost innocence in expressing disapproval of their teenage daughters having sex with lesbians are “bolstering up a highly heteronormative hierarchy,” as feminist Jess McCabe says, because “this concept of virginity, in a sense, invalidates queer sex,” as feminist Hew Li-Sha says, and as feminist Erin McKelle says: “Heterosexuality is the norm, and virginity just works as reinforcement to this.” The feminist message is consistent: Don’t be misogynistic homophobes, parents!
Feminism means equality, and radical ideologues aim to make women equally deviant, equally perverse, equally abnormal, so that women can equally molest young girls and boys.