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The double standard of teen "rape"

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Reader James (thanks!) emailed a post at Slate that referred a href=”http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-03-19/the-teen-rape-double-standard/”to this article /afrom the Daily Beast on “The Teen Rape Double Standard:” br /br /blockquoteAfter a 17-year-old boy had sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend, he was charged with a felony for statutory rape. When a 17-year-old girl in the same town committed the same crime, she was charged with far less. Was the boy the victim of gender bias?…br /br /The cases caught the attention of the local press, generating a heated debate over whether Alan is being given harsher treatment simply because he is a boy. “After all,” said Purnell, “this isn’t one district attorney in Tennessee and one in New York deciding how to charge these cases. This wasn’t even one district attorney in one county in Wisconsin and another county in Wisconsin. No, this was the same guy who charged these two cases.”br /br /The district attorney’s office refused to comment, but experts say it would not be far-fetched to assume that Alan has been the victim of bias. According to Dr. Marty Klein, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/027598785X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=027598785X”America’s War on Sex, /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=027598785X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / “the double standard is not unusual. It is unusual to find such an extraordinarily clear example of it, but the philosophy behind the phenomenon is very common.”/blockquotebr /br /The a href=”http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/xxfactor/archive/2009/03/20/when-teen-sex-breaks-the-law.aspx”post from Slate was a response /ato this article and made the ridiculous argument that cases like this that charge a teen with a felony are okay as long as he is male because he is an aggressor just by lieu of his gender:br /br /blockquoteDiaz-Duran asks if the “boy was a victim of gender bias.” Certainly it seems that his gender influenced the charge. But maybe that’s as it should be. Yes, a 17-year-old female is capable of causing harm to an innocent 14-year-old with her sexuality, just as is her male counterpart. But men tend to be bigger, stronger, and have more parts that they can force into you. That’s a crucial difference, and one that explains to some extent why rape laws would (and should) treat the sexes differently. /blockquotebr /br /Okay, two can play at this game. Experts are always talking about how much more mature teen girls are than boys. If one can use biology as an excuse, then why not use psychology also? Shouldn’t a much more mature girl of 17 be held more liable from a empsychological/em standpoint than a boy of 14 since boys are said to lag behind girls socially and emotionally? Isn’t it probable that better skills in this area would translate into better persuasion skills to get younger boys to have sex with them? And yes, many young men are harmed by girls and women who emforce/em or persuade them against their better wishes to have sex with them. br /br /But I don’t believe that sex with one’s boyfriend or girlfriend in the teen years is akin to rape, if it is not forced. It is just adolescent sex. But, if the cases are to be charged as rape (and I do not believe they should be)–then they should be tried in a fair manner. Using sex as a basis for charging a person with a felony is a slippery slope to go down. The truth is, currently, boys and men are being punished in our society for their gender as payback by feminists and their enablers, and no one cares except for their families, the men and boys who are harmed by this, and a few good men and women.

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Making Some Sense of Obama’s Message to Iran

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by Michael Ledeen

In keeping with his recent foreign policy stumbles, Obama's address to Iran contained a number of head-scratchers.

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On Parolling a Terrorist: The Case of Sarah Jane Olson

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

The cushy release terms of the Symbionese Liberation Army radical are outrageous.

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Obama and the Media: The End of the Affair

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

How did such a lovestruck couple drift apart? (Also read Roger L. Simon: The MSM Should Resign Over Obama's Failure)

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Obama’s Amateur Hour on 60 Minutes

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by John Hawkins

If you were looking for signs of straight talk, competence, or substance, there was precious little to be found. (Also read Stephen Green: Will the Real Obama Please Shut Up?)

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Whither Pakistan? Dare One Criticize a Muslim Country?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by Carol Gould

The world needs to switch its paranoia mechanism away from Israel to the turbulent tinderbox that is Pakistan.

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Loving the Financial Crisis

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - by Tristan Yates

A roundup of the individuals, groups, organizations, and countries reveling in our current monetary woes.

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Health Insurance Industry Sells Its Soul to the Devil

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by Paul Hsieh

Health insurance companies are on the verge of a Faustian bargain that will take the rest of us down with them.

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Standing Against Islamist Gender Apartheid

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler and Marcia Pappas

The feminist establishment remains tragically ambivalent on forced veiling, arranged marriage, separatism, and honor-related violence.

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Vasectomy rates up

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Hmmm, a href=”http://health.msn.com/health-topics/sexual-health/mens-sexual-health/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100235024GT1=31036″this is kind of interesting:/a br /br /blockquoteDoctors around the United States are reporting a sharp increase in the number of vasectomies performed since the economy soured last year, with one noting that many of his clients are from the beleaguered financial industry.br /br /Their best guess is that the trend is due both to a decreased desire to have children because of the expense involved, and an increased desire to get such medical procedures done before their jobs — and health insurance — disappear.br /br /Since November, Dr. Marc Goldstein, surgeon-in-chief of male reproductive medicine and surgery at the Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine in New York City, said his practice has seen about 48 percent more vasectomy consultations compared to the same time the previous year.br /br /Nearly 50 percent of the patients in 2008 were employed within the financial industry, and more than 36 percent were seen since September, according to unpublished data from the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center./blockquotebr /br /I wonder if when the recession turns around, these men might regret their decision. Perhaps not, many men who get vasectomies generally seem relieved–depending on why they got the vasectomy. a href=”http://www.vasectomy-information.com/checklst/consultation.htm”Here is a site /athat has some advice for men considering a vasectomy that looked pretty decent and seemed to indicate that men who thought through their decision felt okay about it. On the other hand, there are books like a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0741418002?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0741418002″emIf It Works, Don’t Fix It: What Every Man Should Know Before Having a Vasectomy/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0741418002″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that tells the story of a man who had a botched vasectomy but I imagine this is rare. Anyway, if you have an opinion on the topic, share it in the comments.

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America in Depression

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

It's not only about the economy, stupid.

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The Kennedy Legacy: Brought To You By the U.S. Taxpayer

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by John Stephenson

Over one in five earmark dollars for Massachusetts from the budget bill goes to enhance the mystique of America's royal family.

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Why Iran Wants Russia in OPEC

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by Meir Javedanfar

And why the U.S. shouldn't want them to join the Big Oil Club.

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Crossing Over: Embracing Illegal Immigration

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 - by Christian Toto

This movie wears its intentions all over its sleeve, jacket, and trousers.

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PJM Political: Remembering Ron Silver; Atlas Resurfaces

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

This week's show: Pajamas' Steve Green dissects the Congress/AIG bonus meltdown, James Lileks talks TOTUS, PJTV's Allen Barton talks Atlas, and a moving tribute by Roger L. Simon and fellow screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd to an actor both men worked with and befriended, Ron Silver.

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PJM Political 03/21/09: Remembering Ron Silver; Atlas Resurfaces

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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Governments Undermine Democracy in the Name of Human Rights

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Kathy Shaidle

Free speech hero Ezra Levant's new book illuminates a grave threat to Western liberties.

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Brother, Can You Spare a 401(k)?

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Neo-Neocon

Could the plight of our grandparents and great-grandparents become our own?

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Mexico’s Drug and PR Wars

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Mexicans are angry at Americans who buy the drugs and supply the guns that produce Mexico's violence.

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Obama’s ‘Reset’ Video for Iran

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Claudia Rosett

Wishing the Iranians a happy new year won't end their nuclear program.

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A Raw Deal for Muslim Women

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 - by Patrick Poole

Incidents like the Buffalo beheading won't stop while Islamic leaders and institutions continue to adhere to theology that tolerates wife beating.

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Frank Gaffney: Radical Islam Is Coming to America

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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AlfonZo Rachel Presents President Zo-Bama

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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What Comes After Recovery?

Friday, March 20th, 2009 - by Michael S. Malone

As dire as matters seem right now, we may well be on the brink of the greatest explosion in intellectual capital.

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Friday, March 20th, 2009

Stuart Schneiderman on a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2009/03/going-john-galt.html”"going John Galt.”/a

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