The female students would be more likely to suffer long-term psychological damage.
Is that your opinion or is there a study or something to back that up?
It's not a issue of social power it's an issue of TRUST.
These are adults put into a very high position of trust with peoples children. They are supposed to protect them not smurf them. The difference in social opinion is secondary to the violation of trust. Why aren't people bothered by this?
Pedophiles continually put themselves in these positions. Teachers, boy scout leaders, church leaders, coaches.
The pubescent mind is still undeveloped. Especially the emotional part. Like Maryellen said. The damage might not be obvious but it's still there.
Not to mention your explanation puts women as the "weaker sex".
It's just my opinion. I know of no studies, but I could dig one or two up if I felt inclined. Likewise I'm sure there are other studies showing the opposite. That's one thing I hate about sociology; you can argue opposite points using the same data set and field research and every study can be refuted by another.
I never wrote that it is an issue of social power alone. It clearly is a complex issue. Trust certainly an important element.
From a legal perspective, what she did is wrong. From a moral one, what she did was wrong. From the perspective of social harm, I'm not so sure. It would be interesting to interview the students in ten years or so
to see if they feel that they suffered any trauma. I'd bet that they don't. Then again, men are generally so immature with regards to sexual matters that they would probably still be high-fiving each other and saying "Remember Mrs. So-and-So...she was HOT!!"
Women as the weaker sex? In many ways they are. But in others they are stronger than men. Depends on what we're talking about.
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