Gender Affects Language in Teacher-Sex-Abuse Story

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To the Editor:

It’s interesting that in one of the Associated Press articles on teacher sexual misconduct you ran in your Oct. 24, 2007, issue, “Gender Affects Response to Teacher-Student Sex,” the author writes that a 17-year-old girl was “forced into sex by a male teacher,” while a 17-year-old boy was said to have been “seduced by his attractive female teacher.”

I wonder how differently people would view these cases if the descriptions were switched, and the 17-year-old boy was “forced into sex,” while the 17-year-old girl was “seduced by her attractive male teacher.”

People have different responses to the cases because the media portray them quite differently.

James Westrick
Alameda, Calif.

Vol. 27, Issue 11, Page 30

Published in Print: November 7, 2007, as Gender Affects Language in Teacher-Sex-Abuse Story
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