I was just going to post this in my blog, but this seems more appropriate: there is an article in Slate today about women child molestors and the punishments they receive. It's by William Saletan, but if you can get past that, it's a good read.


The Happy Feminist

Ooh, that article is right on point (i.e. it makes the point that disparate sentences for male and female sex offenders are result of the different types of crimes committed by these two groups). Too often when people compare the sentences of different groups and cry "disparate treatment," they are ignoring the very individual factors that are present in each case that may mitigate or aggravate the offense.

I used to prosecute a lot of cases where people with horrible driving records and suspended licenses were caught driving and were subject to a mandatory year in jail for felony driving-after-suspension. The vast majority of the defendants were men. One of the few women I prosecuted under this statute was eligible for a loophole in which she did not have to serve the jail time because her driving record wasn't quite so bad. I agreed to allow her the loophole and the judge ripped me apart for employing a gender double standard.

But her case had all sorts of mitigating factors. Most of the men I prosecuted had multiple DWIs on their record and were drunk when they were caught driving again. This woman, however, had no DWIs (although she had some other major driving offenses, like running a red light). She was caught driving again only because an officer recognized her as she drove by, and she was literally driving to work so that she could feed her children. Yet the judge was determined to see her do jail time to show that he wouldn't have a double standard in his courtroom. (We wound up reducing the charge to a misdemeanor and removing it to a lower court to get it out of this judge's hands.)



ok, I cant either, but I just wanted to shout that. Did you expect her husband not to be an idiot?

The Happy Feminist

Of course he's an idiot. But quoting idiotic things is quite fun.

I've seen him on a LOT of interviews. And he is quite properly viewed as a victim of his wife's behavior. But for some reason he's always gotten under my skin. Maybe this isn't fair of me at all, and I suppose you could say this about any victim of any high profile case, but he just seems to be milking this thing and enjoying his status as the injured party. Not sure why I feel that way about him but he just rubs me the wrong way. This quotation is making me feel that perhaps I wasn't being as unfair as I thought.


"New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: lucky bastards. "
-Bill Maher

I'd say attitudes like that are why this keeps happening.

That said, if I got cuckholded by a 14-year-old, I would probably be willing to blame anything and everything else in the world, too.



My mind went from the 14 year old as being half the man the husband is (age wise) to this joke:

A 54 year old accountant leaves a letter for his wife one Friday evening that reads: Dear Wife (that's what he called her): I am 54 and by the time you receive this letter I will be at the Grand Hotel with my beautiful and sexy 18 year old secretary.

When he arrived at the hotel there was a letter waiting for him that read as follows: Dear Husband (that's what she called him): I too am 54 and by the time you receive this letter I will be at the Breakwater Hotel with my handsome and virile 18 year old toy boy. You being an accountant will therefore appreciate that 18 goes into 54 many more times than 54 goes into 18.

The Happy Feminist

That's terrible.


It was a tasteless, pre-viagra joke. I should have apologized in advance.


I'm trying to locate a source for the quote from LaFavre's husband, "I also blame the feminist movement ..." I Googled it and also did a search on the Daily Mail website, and found nothing. I left a request for the citation on Ink and Incapability, but if anyone can help me I'd appreciate it. Tks.

The Happy Feminist

Yeah, I didn't look for it. Lazy blogging at the office. (contrary to my resolution NOT to blog at the office at all.)

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