Sometimes I read a headline and think to myself, if a man did that they would bury him under the jail
The legal age of consent in England is 16, and if you tell a jury you didn’t know your partner’s age, you may go scot-free:
A female radio DJ who had sex with a 15-year-old girl after plying her with vodka has walked free from court because she did not know the teenager’s real age.
Emma Stanfield, 40, said she thought the girl was 16 and only found out her true age the morning after the night they spent together at her Oxford apartment.
The prosecution claimed that Ms Stanfield knew the girl was underage and then ‘recklessly’ pursued her, leaving her 29 missed calls and more than 100 Facebook messages in the days that followed.
So, let me be clear. I can see the I thought she was older defense, to a point. Believe it or not there are teens who will lie, I know we all want to think of a 15-year-old as a child, but some are not so innocent and bear some responsibility for their actions. But, once the Lesbian in question found out this girl was, as we say in America, jail bait, why did she pursue her? 100 Facebook messages? 29 calls? Sorry but I do not buy that. She took advantage, getting the girl drunk, which is another big red flag.
So, how did a jury reach a not guilty verdict? Maybe the fact that this was a Lesbian taking advantage of a young girl had something to do with it. Anyone seriously think a man who did the very same thing would get off with no jail time? Face it, we live in a world with many double standards. A 30-year-old male teacher has consensual sex with a 16 year-old female student, and he is a dirty old man and she a completely innocent victim. But reverse the genders and the reaction of many is different isn’t it? In that case the woman is seen by some as introducing a young man to adulthood, and the kid? Well he is going to receive pats on the back, and some “atta boys” isn’t he? See, double standards.
It has always amazed me how society, as a whole uses different standards for the two genders ( yes, there are TWO genders, not three or four, or whatever). A man goes out and gets laid by numerous ladies, he is seen as a stud, and he is likely to be pursued by more women. If a woman has numerous partners, she is called a slut. Is that fair? Well, no, but we do have different moral expectations for the genders. That is just a fact of life. And, it seems, if the story above is any indication, we have different expectations for different sexual orientations as well. The 40-year-old Lesbian who got a 15-year-old drunk and had sex with her is no better than a 40-year-old man who did the same thing. Neither is the 40-year-old any better if the genders are reversed in either scenario. A pervert is a pervert folks, we need to recognize that. We need to heed our moral compasses which tell us, if we listen, that all 40-year-olds should leave all 15 year-olds alone!