I was reading Ann Landers in the local paper this evening while preparing supper. One of the stories was of a teacher who had an affair with her principal, broke it off and accused him of “sexual predation” to cover up her willingness. Now she’s sorry about ruining his career.
What I thought about was, in twenty years will this kind of thing be what mothers warn their children about with regard to the dangers of sex? Except this time around it won’t be mothers warning their daughters but their sons — “Don’t have sex outside of marriage, Johnny, or you may ruin your entire life!” or “don’t be alone in a car with a girl you don’t know!”. Will advances in medicine and changes in the legal system effect a reverse of the age old verities?
Probably not. As they say, “if it can’t go on forever, it won’t”. Even in my darkest dreams I don’t see this kind of thing ever becoming as prevalent as pregnancy or venerial diseases. I expect that in twenty years the current state will be seen as an aberration, just as is happening to the day care sex crimes cases. Hopefully we’ll end up with a more reasonably balanced view than we’ve had in the past.