Some days, you read a news article and just shake your head.
I did that this morning, reading this article about a woman, 35 years old, and a teacher, convicted of having sex with a 15 year old student. Her sentence? Sixty days in jail. And oh, she won’t have to register as a sex offender either.
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this type of justice where a woman, committing the same crime as a man, is basically let off because..? Well, no one really knows do they. Suffice to say that if the genders were reversed the man would probably receive at least 10 years in prison. As he should. As she should.
And yes, before you start, there have been men left off with a slap on the wrist as well, but what I’m referring to here is the pervasiveness of the disparity of sentencing for men and women in the justice system.
I think it’s becoming more and more noticeable to the public as we start seeing stories in the media like this one.
Heres the money quote from the linked article
“Investigations into female-teacher, male-student abuse are not pursued as thoroughly, or as rigorously as with the gender roles reversed,” he said.
Looks a bit like privilege, doesn’t it?
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I agree that there should be no difference in sentencing women compared to sentencing men. I am, however, curious as to the point you are attempting to make in the last sentence, “Looks a bit like privilege, doesn’t it?” Are you implying that there are those who claim women don’t have privilege? Fact is, all people have privilege of one type or another. I know that far more often than not it is white, male privilege that is spoken of. But none of those who focus on this privilege have, to my knowledge, said that women don’t have privilege, or that African-American’s don’t have some form of privilege. But a case can be made, and has been made by some, that white and male privilege is more prevalent in our culture than female or African-American privilege.