December 7th, 2004

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12:43 am - on being the creepy old man...

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[User Picture]From: dgr Date: December 7th, 2004 - 05:58 pm (Link)
because i coach at a catholic school, i was required to go to a lecture called, "Protecting God's Children", whose purpose was to raise awareness about sexual abuse. it was a typical, heavy-handed, tear-jerking video and then a question and answer session where you repeat what was said back to the "faciliator".

ostensibly, it was to raise awareness so that if you get a funny feeling about a particular adult, you know you're supposed to go contact someone. (the catholic church appears to have a fairly strong witchhunt going on, including allowing anonymous tips, etc.)

in reality, it was more of a we're-not-naming-names, but if you're going to be abusing children, know you know everyone around you will be watching.

all of the antagonists in the case-studies were male. they mentioned several times that church officials are no more likely to commit sexual abuse than other people, but never mentioned once that it is possible for women to commit sexual abuse.

they didn't cover anything useful, like common warning signs that abuse may be occuring, how to broach the subject with a child (they want you to report every suspicion, so they can bring in psychiatrists and cops), etc.

i end up feeling creepy because i'm volunteering my time to coach a girl's volleyball team. it doesn't help that the girl's volleyball coach at my high school was mildly creepy about it, and the volleyball coach at george's high school was openly creepy.

society is fucked up.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 7th, 2004 - 07:22 pm (Link)
well the fact that you want to coach a girls team clearly makes you a deviant as far as the catholic church is concerned. Everyone knows that a good morally upstanding man favors little boys. Odd really. The catholic school girl uniform is the prototypical hot outfit in the world. If I heard that a bunch of priests were molesting 14 year old catholic school girls, I'd be like "that sucks, but I kind of see where the temptation comes from." And yet you never hear about that. Just altar boys. I wonder if it happens.

Back to the point. Hmmm... I'm not sure where the creepiness cut-off is. I'm pretty sure I would not feel awkward photographing a high-school student like you coach. Honestly I don't even feel awkward saying that a 16 or 17 year old girls is sexy. From a sexiness point of view, I'd probably feel weird about a 14 or 15 year old (I guess its that half my age thing), but I probably wouldn't feel bad photographing one in a situation like the little girl in that pic. But once you get under like 10... maybe even at 12-13... I start feeling really weird.

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