School Scandal Targets “Her” Not “Him”
The sexual revolution has arrived. Women and men, alike, are free to enjoy sex, right?
Not if the school scandal that roared during my junior year is any measure.
“Janet” was popular, and a talented player on our school’s field hockey team.
Until word got around that she had filmed a sex tape with a guy from our school.
“The guy” recorded it on his cell phone and texted it to a friend who swore he wouldn’t tell anyone. Naturally, the friend texted it to another friend and by week’s end the sex tape was the most exciting gossip the school had known.
Everyone had an opinion about Janet:
What a slut!
I can’t believe she would do that!
Janet was slut-shamed for having sex, for enjoying sex, and for getting it on film.
But not one single criticism was directed at the guy – who had filmed it in the first place!
It didn’t cross anyone’s mind to question why he was having sex. And he certainly wasn’t shamed for it.
I’m not aware of any punishments that he may have received, either. But Janet was both mocked and kicked out of field hockey.
No wonder my friends say they feel comfortable having sex with their boyfriends or doing kinky things — but only so long as people don’t find out and talk about it.
Their boyfriends would probably get kudos for doing the same things that my friends would be shamed for.
Still waiting on the revolution.