|Point of Order
||[Oct. 5th, 2006|09:45 am]
Okay, it's stupid of me to tread into the mire of current events...and I'm sure I'll regret it...but hey, what's a day when you haven't done something you regret? |
I'm uncomfortable with the way the word pedophile is being applied to Foley.
Since I don't read the news very closely, maybe I've missed the part where he's got child porn stashed away or has molested children in earlier times.
But this kid (and the rest of the pages who are stepping forward) is what, 16?
That's really not a child. That's a minor. I mean, is it totally inappropriate to find a 16 year old sexually attractive? (If so, does that make me a pedophile? Or am I saved from that title just because I have the moral fiber to keep my thoughts to myself and not act on them?)
Hell, there are states where you can marry someone that age if you've got the parents' permission. Although, personally I don't think a 16 year old should be making a decision like that -- and that's why, no matter how delectable he/she is, hands off, suggestive e-mails off, etc., is the only way to go.
What he did was totally inappropriate -- both from a messing with the head of a minor and from an abuse of power, messing with underlings standpoint.
But pedophile? A pedophile wants to have sex with children -- NOT teenagers. A pedophile is actually turned on by 8 year olds, 4 year olds, 12 year olds....sorry, pause while I shake off the repulsion.
Sure, where do you draw the line...12 is heinous, 14 isn't right...18 is okay, 16 is.....?
But really, in terms of criminal acts, I hate to see inappropriate behavior with a 16 year old lumped in with having sex with an 8 year old...I'm sorry, neither one should happen, but there's a big f***ing difference between the two.