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Spearheader: The real victims of predatory female teachers are the guys “hot teachers” AREN’T having sex with

Van Halen videos are not reality.

Men’s Rights activists are constantly posting links to stories of women committing horrible crimes – what some have taken to calling “women behaving badly” (WBB) stories – and almost reveling in the fact that, yes, some women do indeed do horrible shit.

MRAs are particularly obsessed with stories of female high school teachers preying on their underage students. While this partly reflects the general MRA obsession with badly behaving women, MRAs do actually make a legitimate point here: while most people understand that female victims of predatory male teachers are indeed victims, quite a few people regard male victims of attractive female teachers as “lucky” boys who get to live out the schoolboy fantasy of having sex with a “hot teacher.”

So when I saw that The Spearhead was featuring  a guest post titled “The Hot Teacher Myth, and How it Hurts Men,” I expected to see some version of this argument being made. What I found was one of the strangest and creepiest things I’ve ever read: Walt Forest seems to think that the real problem is that so few guys get the opportunity to have sex with “hot teachers.”

Forest points out (correctly) that cases or female teachers sexually abusing their male students are actually fairly rare. He goes on to argue that all the attention paid to predatory “hot teachers” in the media promotes the “myth” that male and female sexuality is fundamentally the same. This, he suggests, is bad for men:

How does this myth hurt men?

Set aside for a moment the image of the hot teacher and her underage male victim which the media force on us with such insistence. Instead imagine a far more common scenario: a young man (or for that matter, a not-so-young man) who does NOT have sex with his teacher, but desperately wants to.

I’m not quite sure in what world lots of young and not-so-young men – not teenage boys — are being taught by “hot” high school teachers. Perhaps the “hot teachers” here are actually “hot” college professors or grad students and the men in question are college students? Or is Forest simply trying to avoid the question of sexual abuse by pretending that underage boys are “men?”

Forest continues to explore the plight of this poor fellow:

In fact this man would like to have sex with many of the women around him, but — with very few exceptions — he cannot.

Well, yeah. There are 3.5 billion girls and women on planet earth; even the most advanced Lothario is only going to be having sex with a very small fraction of a percentage of them.

But alas, the media tortures this hapless undersexed fellow by suggesting that women like sex as much as men, even though the overwhelming majority of women won’t actually have sex with him personally.

[O]ur media and increasingly ordinary people assure this man that women he hardly knows (even his teachers) will suddenly lead him by the hand to their beds for no other reason than the pleasure of having sex with him, “no strings attached.” This kind of thing is ordinary, we tell him. It “happens all the time.”

Well, in porn it does. Most people are aware that porn isn’t reality.

When it does not happen—of course it never does—he is left to think that he must be something less than an ordinary man. If he dares to voice his disappointment, we tell him that he places excessive importance on sex, views women as “objects,” and the rest of the standard pop feminist rhetoric designed to put the blame back on the man himself. We blame the man because we MUST if we are to avoid blaming ourselves for all the lies we are telling him.

I’m pretty sure that most men – or even most teenage boys — don’t spend their days wondering why their lives aren’t exactly like Penthouse Letters.

These lies hurt men. It is difficult for anyone who has not suffered this hurt first hand to understand just how bad it can be, but from my own experience I believe these lies are helping to create the ongoing male suicide epidemic (which our society, tellingly, also refuses to acknowledge).

Men kill themselves because “hot teachers” don’t seduce them on a regular basis? Really?

These lies certainly make countless men miserable. For this reason I believe exposing the myth that male and female sexualities are the same should be the men’s movement’s first priority. Hot teacher stories obviously make up only a tiny part of this myth, but because they are such a blatant distortion of reality, they are a good place to start.

Quite a few of The Spearhead’s regulars were put off by the, well, weirdness of Forest’s post. But others chimed in to agree. Indeed, Arpagus actually took Forest’s strange argument a step further, earning himself some actual Spearhead downvotes in the process:

[T]he female sex offender charade has been the most frustrating aspect of feminism for me personally, not least because I have experienced a great deal of sexual frustration in the past, and nothing can be more offensive to celibate men than pretending there is an epidemic of female rapists. …

It is a most distinctive sign of cultural decline that we have forgotten that pussy is good. This ancient wisdom has been brainwashed out of our culture by feminism. Now pussy is rape and abuse just like male sexuality is. Traditional society might have punished an adulteress for a student-teacher type of relationship, but they certainly did not indulge in any charade about the boy being a “victim,” because they knew he got lucky if you consider the sex itself. There are reasons why a society might want to proscribe those kinds of relationships, but the boy being a “victim” of “abuse” is most assuredly not one of them.

MRA elder “Zed” gently corrected Arpagus in a comment that was nearly as strange, suggesting that predatory “hot teachers”

are not being punished for “harming the boys”, that is just a convenient excuse. What they are actually being punished for is giving away free pussy.

If you take a close look at the outrage among men these days for having to pay full price for used pussy, their anger is divided between the guys who got it at a price far lower than they paid for it, and the women who gave it away to another man for less than they charged him for it.

It would be like a rich man buying an entire wine cellar of Dom Pérignon at the going price of $200+/bottle – savoring what indulgence his wealth could buy him – only to find his kitchen wench had been pouring free flutes for the pool boy.

Or, like it a member of the Medellín Cartel discovering that their US connection to whom they shipped 2 metric tons of high quality cocaine, was laying out lines for her friends.

She is not being punished for “harming the boys” (HA!) but for black marketing the product that the pussy cartel owns.

The women are being punished FOR allowing the boys to get lucky, and get some without having to lay out 3 months salary for an engagement ring and $35,000 on a Bridezilla party for cupcake.

Now that’s the kind of comment that gets upvotes on The Spearhead, and makes Zed a revered figure in the Men’s Rights movement.

EDITED TO ADD: Not sure how I missed this, but Arpagus is apparently the truly creepy Norwegian blogger Eivind Berge, whom we’ve met before.

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dualityheart
dualityheart
8 years ago

Ugh. This is where my mom really got on my nerves with her homophobia. She automatically assumed that my non feminine PE teachers were both a) lesbians and b) pedophile child rapists. When I asked her why she thought that was the case when my teachers had been nothing but professional with myself and the rest of the class, she explained that being sexually attracted to people of the same sex is apparently completely indiscriminate. *headdesk*

People victimize, rape and abuse others because they are rapist abusers, NOT because of their sexuality. There were several “teacher scandals” in my high school involving a teacher who was outted as gay and then literally a few weeks later, accusations of sexual abuse surfaced on the part of parents, even though there was never any actual evidence that this was the case.

Apparently, a lot of people think that gay people are automatic child abusers. Obviously SOME gay people are statistically going to be child abusers, but it’s not like the sexuality causes the abusive behavior.

My mom also believed that all men were abusive as well. She started telling me disturbingly detailed stories of what bad men do to little girls at a very very young age. Somehow, I still don’t hate men, even after having been raped once by someone who did not give me the “obvious signs” that everyone seems to feel compelled to send me in forwarded emails and little “serious chats” since I was maybe 6 years old.

With my daughter, I’m going to focus on non-scary empowerment exercises to help her be safe. I still know that she needs to know how to navigate a world that includes predators who will try to hurt her and I won’t always be there to help protect her. I am a huge fan of KidPower-(they also help teens and adults build safety skills and develop boundaries). I think that it is very smart to help give kids tools to help themselves and be empowered without freaking the shit out of them.

Link: http://www.kidpower.org/abuse-prevention/

Yutolia
Yutolia
8 years ago

@Ian: the university that I work at does not ban professor/student relationships. It does, however, place very strict rules on what has to happen should a relationship occur (for example, if the student is a Ph.D. candidate, and professor is in any way evaluating or grading the student, that faculty member must then recuse themselves from doing so.

nerdypants
nerdypants
8 years ago

What I want to know is, how did The Kitteh’s Unpaid Help manage to get that meltdown countdown so spot on?

Polliwog
8 years ago

Aw, man, I missed a Pelltdown! I can’t decide if my favorite part was Penelope Cruz being “past menopause” or the fact that the greater Boston area apparently has anti-feminist force fields. Heaven only knows how I keep managing to break through them!

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
8 years ago

What I want to know is, how did The Kitteh’s Unpaid Help manage to get that meltdown countdown so spot on?

I think the technical term is sheer blind luck!

rjjspesh
8 years ago

haha….. ‘Pelltdown’ ^_____________^

khymchanur
khymchanur
8 years ago

Eivind wrote:

The lie that women can be sex offenders is a horrible insult to men, who in fact face a reality of sexual scarcity most of the time, making it utterly impossible to sympathize with males who have a luxury problem of too much sexual attention from a woman.

Wow, what a swell guy.

lowquacks
lowquacks
8 years ago

So, most of the regulars here have some pet issue. Have we found another?

Pell, I think my sociolinguistics tutor is about the sweetest and cutest and most enthusiastic people on the this green earth, but I also manage not to flirt and wouldn’t even consider a relationship, because ethics and her career. Could you try that perhaps?

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

And btw, make all the stupid comments you like, but I don’t respond to proles. Out of the billion people on the Net a handful of freaks and creepettes who can’t read are about as important as a gnat on an elephant’s arse. You’re redundant.
I can make a blog about how to wipe your arse and I’ll get more readers than Fruitloops Futrelle 🙂

Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
8 years ago

Well, if you made a blog about wiping your arse, you’d actually be talking about something you understand. That might make a difference.

lowquacks
lowquacks
8 years ago

Well, if you made a blog about wiping your arse, you’d actually be talking about something you understand. That might make a difference.

Let’s not assume too much here.

thenatfantastic
8 years ago

If anyone’s still in any doubt, ‘Fruitloops Futrelle’ is Pell’s biggest giveaway.

Aside from all the other massive giveaways that is.

ShadetheDruid
8 years ago

Fruitloops Futrelle giveaway sounds like a supermarket special offer.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

So Arpagus is Berge? I’m actually kind of relieved – imagining a horde of people who thought like that was giving me hives.

lauralot89
8 years ago

Damn it, why do I always miss the meltdowns?

Kat
Kat
8 years ago

For once I disagree with you David (if only on one sentence): Unfortunately many many many people (both men and women) do NOT know that porn is not real life. And that is a huge issue (not just in the bedroom, but there as well). I agree with that crazy dangerous psycho Eivind to the extent that our media and culture that portrays women as the ‘sex class’ (Spinster shoutout) and constantly shows them as ‘ready for it’ in every pose of every public ad ever creates a completely distorted image and this might also be frustrating for boys to find out that that’s not really how life works.

On a different note: COMMENT SECTION- would it be possible to please please for the love of God and my love for this site to change this so that the oldest comment shows up first and so that it’s possible to respond to comments and collapse or open responses to a comment? Please, I beg you.

emilygoddess
8 years ago

And btw, make all the stupid comments you like, but I don’t respond to proles. Out of the billion people on the Net a handful of freaks and creepettes who can’t read are about as important as a gnat on an elephant’s arse. You’re redundant.

Ahahahahaha!

OK, comments about how you don’t intend to comment are stupid enough (seriously, just think about it for a second), but from someone who keeps coming back despite repeated bans? Cry all you want about how you don’t care, but clearly you’ve got a bee in your bonnet about this place. Either that, or you’re the kind of creep who gets off on verbally abusing women…

pecunium
8 years ago

a handful of freaks and creepettes who can’t read

If we can’t read…?

As to the “proles”… doesn’t wash. If that were your actual opinion, 1: you wouldn’t be “filling in” at Princeton (teaching, even at the professorial level being beneath you), and 2: You wouldn’t be arguing on the internet.

You wouldn’t bother your silly little head with it at all.

I can make a blog about how to wipe your arse and I’ll get more readers than Fruitloops Futrelle

Please do.

pecunium
8 years ago

On a different note: COMMENT SECTION- would it be possible to please please for the love of God and my love for this site to change this so that the oldest comment shows up first and so that it’s possible to respond to comments and collapse or open responses to a comment? Please, I beg you.

Dear god no. That makes it much harder to follow the evolution of the discussion. Threading (the “collapse responses” option) flat out kills discussion, because it creates new discussions that aren’t actually visible. Given a free-wheeling arena like this one there are any number of comments which are both sidebars, and topical.

Speaking for myself, I don’t want to lose those. I also don’t want to create little pockets where people can be semi-invisibly ganging up on someone. The Pells and Nomless and Eurosabras of the world would love that.

lauralot89
8 years ago

What Pecunium said.

Freemage
Freemage
8 years ago

Regarding Kat’s primary point, I’ve read several solid feminist writers refer to the ‘pornification’ of pop culture–where the mainstreaming of porn and near-porn (such as Maxim and other “lad’s mags”)–causes an Overton Window-type shift in what’s considered an acceptable portrayal of women, and thus, how young men are taught to expect women to act.

And yes, the “lucky schoolboy” angle is part of that. That said, like most MRAs, the subject of the original post can’t even take a true point and draw a sane conclusion–instead, he insists that only men are harmed by it, and that it’s all part of a conspiracy by feminists. This shows that even stopped clocks can usually beat out the average MRA.

emilygoddess
8 years ago

The newest-first comment arrangement can be a pain if you’re just coming into a long comment thread – but on the other hand, if you’re caught up on the thread, it’s nice to be able to jump to the newest comments. Having the option to toggle the comment order would probably be useful, but I have no idea how flexible WordPress is in that regard.

inurashii
inurashii
8 years ago

Pell, what’s with the classism angle? It’s fairly new for you.

Pretty toothless, though. A bunch of people on this board likely make quite a bit of money.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

please please for the love of God and my love for this site to change this so that the oldest comment shows up first

I had a look and it’s a simple setting change to make the comments start on the first page, but in my (quick) search it didn’t find any mention of settings or widgets that let a user change it on a thread by thread basis. And that is what you would need to accommodate active threads as well as old threads.

WordPress.com is very limited in what you can do with it unfortunately.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

By start on the first page, I mean load the first page of comments first, rather than the most recent.

pecunium
8 years ago

I just keep tabs open, and then refresh from the last comment i read.

ostara321
ostara321
8 years ago

Pell, what’s with the classism angle? It’s fairly new for you.

Nah, it’s pretty common, at least from what I’ve seen on past Pelltdowns.

“Yer all a bunch of freaks who grew up in a barn! blah blah blah ragefail!etc” That’s not an exact quote, but they all start to melsh together after a while.

For the record, my family is a pretty good mix of blue and pink and white collar and my dad is 12 years older than my mom. Not that that’s proof of anything, other than the fact that Pell, as usual, is throwing stupid bullshit assumptions around and having a rage-fail meltdown when we point out that they’re just exactly that – bullshit assumptions.

pecunium
8 years ago

Pell has always been trying to go with class. From the very first, where he accidentally posted a picture of “his uncle” when he was pretending to post a shot of himself. He chose Mongomery Clift, and so adopted a persona of “upper class attrractive/movie star” from the 30s/40s.

And he’s always a lawyer, or a doctor; fantastically successful; educated, etc. The “fill-in perfesser” is a big step down for him. He was, I think, caught on the back-foot with the links to actual codes of conduct and made a snap decision on persona. It would have been smarter to claim to be an administrator (say a Dept. Dean), and said that no such policy would ever be enforced, rather than pretending to be an instructor; claiming that so such enforcement would be allowed.

That, of course, would require some knowledge of how the world works, and where the real power in academic institutions lies, and this is; after all, Pell.

inurashii
inurashii
8 years ago

Ah, okay. I guess that I showed up during a relatively classism-light period.

pecunium
8 years ago

inurashii: It’s more that Pell is stupid. He can’t keep his story straight. He assumes that backing bullshit with, “I know more than you do”, will fly. Then he starts chewing the scenery and foaming at the mouth in his spittle-flecked rage (I’m assuming he has a keyboard protector), and it all gets lost in the angry ranting about how stupid we are.

Then he gets blocked, and the pressure builds up and he has to post again.

The cycling rate is intermittent, but after the first couple he seems to have figured he was going to get caught, and did his screaming early. This time I think he decided to change tacks, and see if he could sail on a bit longer.

But the verbal ticks… it’s like Eoghan; he can’t help himself. He wants to be clever more than he wants to get away with it. Some of it is the pleasure of knowing he got to play in the sandbox with the cool kids for a little bit, before the playground monitor caught him: he has to boast, or what’s the point?

If he ever starts growing up, he’ll go away, and find people he likes to hang out with.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

“He wants to be clever more than he wants to get away with it.”

The humor in this being that if Pell were actually clever, we wouldn’t know it was him.

pecunium
8 years ago

whataboutthemoonz: And that would spoil the fun.

What sucks for him is… we suss him out before he can gloat.

captainbathrobe
captainbathrobe
8 years ago

When I was a teaching assistant at a University of California campus (in the 90s), we were told not to date our students. I can’t remember if it was policy or just a strong recommendation, but they were pretty clear that dire consequences could ensue if it was at all suspected that we abused our position. So, I don’t think they were exactly conflating graduate student/undergrad relationships with abuse of power, per se, but they emphasized that the appearance of impropriety could cause as many problems as impropriety itself. Of course, for actual faculty, the prohibition was probably stronger.

Interestingly, they also emphasized the fact that, in our positions, there would be lots of attractive students being extra nice and friendly with us and that this was a natural part of students wanting to make a good impression on the person who is grading their work. This did NOT, they said, mean that any of these students were actually attracted to us. I think it’s significant that they had to emphasize this last point; it’s easy for people in authority to misinterpret the natural desire of subordinates to please superiors as something more that just that.

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

30 seconds of research reveals: the current President of Harvard is a woman:

Do you realise that the President of a Uni is just a glorified secretary? The Trustees and male professors hold all of the power.
I guest thatit’s diferent at Podunk 13th grade aka junior “college

cloudiah
8 years ago

Pell, do your parents know about this little trolling hobby of yours?

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

College students are adults and cannot be dictated to by their employee or can that employee make rules that wouldn’t fly in the real world. It doesn’t matter what is in a contract or agreement if it violates the civil rights of a student or instructor. And telling someone who they can screw does violate their civil rights. And yes, I have degrees in both law and medicine.
You rather stupid and fugly females only seem to like certain rules, like keping the good looking girls away from men professors.
How about those rules at that college that “frowns on” interracial dating and bans dykes from the campus. You like those rules? Hmmm?

emilygoddess
8 years ago

Pell, I thought you didn’t respond to proles?

cloudiah
8 years ago

There, there, Pell, you seem upset. Would you like some juice?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Juice has too much sugar, and he’s excitable enough already. What he needs is a nice glass of warm milk, and for mom to revoke his internet privileges.

Nepenthe
Nepenthe
8 years ago

And yes, I have degrees in both law and medicine.

And I’m on the Moon! *floats away*

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

Whenever you hear this pussy you will immediately think

‘Dr. Pell is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.’
It it implanted in your brain now. Females are easy to MANipulate 🙂

.

cloudiah
8 years ago

Good idea — warm milk, or chamomile tea. And no more internet until he’s all grown.

cloudiah
8 years ago

Run along, little Pelly. You should play outside more.

Wandarox
Wandarox
8 years ago

And telling someone who they can screw does violate their civil rights.

These are the civil rights Martin Luther King Jr. fought for, damnit! We all know it was the feminists who assassinated him!

Wandarox
Wandarox
8 years ago

Damn, Pell likes that Meow Mix song. :/ I think it entertains him. Maybe we should shine a laser on the wall and hopes he chases it?

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

You now have the meow meow song implanted in your brain. When you’re in an old age home with Alzheimer’s it will still be in your brain and the nurses will refer to you as the meow meow old woman.
The only way to get it out of your head is to bow to me and beg for the words that will make it go away 🙂

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

I have a laser for my cat and other cool toys I bought at Hammacher Schlemmer.She loves this one
http://www.hammacher.com/Product/77943?promo=search
I even built a special heated cathouse for her out of red cedar.The ones sold in stores were too cheap looking for my princess.

Nepenthe
Nepenthe
8 years ago

Why would we beg you? The words that make the meow meow song go away are “badger badger…”.

lauralot89
8 years ago

Uh oh, look’s like some sad and impressionable mind has gotten into the cartoons and now he thinks he’s a super villain…