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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Double standard for female teachers and sex with students?



A lot of readers are weighing in this story about teacher Stephanie Ragusa, who got 10 years in prison followed by five years of sex offender probation for having sex with her students. If a man had done the same thing would we say oh how lucky that girl was?  As one reader said, "I think it's more our tendency to see women as weak and non-predatory. If the boys had been molested by a male teacher we'd have bonfire with a man-sized spit ready to roast them before a judged ever had a chance to see the case."

Maybe it's because I'm the mother of boys but I do think it's more similar to workplace sexual harassment cases where a person in power needs to keep their hands off their subordinants.  Don't you think we have a double standard when it comes to a hot teacher?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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