Saturday, July 10, 2010
(Not) Hot for Student
The recent discussion of students’ genitalia and sexual harassment reminded me of my former school’s policy regarding student-teacher relations. The TA handbook said, explicitly, sex between teachers and students wasn’t against the rules (but perhaps you should strongly consider whether it is wise before doing it). To me, it just seems obvious that it should be against the rules (both consent and fairness in grading are too muddied by the mix of sex and imbalance of power). Perhaps this is a prudish hang-up. Perhaps it’s because my previous experiences teaching primary and secondary students makes me think of sex with students as a kind of abuse. Perhaps it’s because I like men and happen to think they get more attractive with age (within certain limits), so I’ve got no interest in the 18-22 year olds that make up most of my students. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve got someone at home who keeps me more than satisfied in bed. But, really, are academics so horny (or so desperately out of luck) that they can’t just make it against the rules to bone their students?