I am starting this new thread to jump on a question brought up on another thread, except I'm expanding the theme. We were discussing the question of hugging versus non-hugging and the writer asked why is it different for male teachers than our female peers. I ask this: why is the reprehensible act of a male teacher having sex with teen students treated so much more harshly than those involving female teachers doing the same with male students. The latter acts are downright disgusting, too, yet I saw a female teacher interviewed the other day about her "house arrest" and virtual slap on the wrist for unlawful sexual conduct with one of her students. In NJ a few years back we had a judge give a female teacher probation for unlawful sexual behavior, saying that there was no real harm done to the male student. The way we have reared boys in this country may make this more true than we'd like, and that is pathetic. But a crime is a crime and the sickest thing is that some of these female pedophiles will grace the cover 0f Playboy or somehow profit from her crime. I can't hug a kid and if I did do something illegal or inappropriate I would deserve the harshest punishment (castration with a dullm razor would be a good start) but a female teacher is given sympathy. Incredible.