Susan Brownmiller called Ayn Rand a "traitor to her sex" for romanticizing rape in her novels. Brownmiller's words accurately describe Betsy Karasik who believes that "sex between (underage) students and teachers should not be a crime." Karasik is "troubled" not because a rapist received only 30 days for raping a girl who later killed herself but because she doesn't "believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape." She is under the delusion "that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized."
She thinks "that teachers who engage in sex with students, no matter how consensual, should be removed from their jobs and barred from teaching unless they prove that they have completed rehabilitation." At most she wants people who rape children to undergo "rehabilitation" as Andrew Vachss explained "rhabilitation is a joke. I've spoken to many predators over the years. They always exhibit amazement that we do not hunt them. And that when we capture them, we eventually let them go. Our attitude is a deliberate interference with Darwinism—an endangerment of our species."
Betsy Boop believes that people "responds to these situations" with "hysteria" she is more disturbed about the response to rape than rape itself. She believes that 'hysteria' "does less to protect children than to assuage society’s need to feel that we are protecting them." Karasik does not provide any evidence to support her argument and her only alternative is to punish sexual predators as less as possible.
She sinks even lower by regurgitating the myth of the teenage temptress: "I’ve been a 14-year-old girl, and so have all of my female friends. When it comes to having sex on the brain, teenage boys got nothin’ on us." Anecdotes are not evidence, Betsy tries to make it all about her which strongly suggests narcissism and a severe lack of empathy. Her non-argument also gives the impression that the rape victim was a lusty PYT who actually wanted it since Karasik tries to argue that the victim's suicide was unconnected to her rape.
Karasik "knew students who had sexual relations with teachers. To the best of my knowledge, these situations were all consensual in every honest meaning of the word." If Betsy were something other than a deluded self centered twit she would realize that her personal experiences have no relevance to a tragic injustice and suicide. Similarly if she possessed any empathy she would realize how abhorrent it is to argue that teachers preying on students is a-okay because she says without any evidence. She further insults the victim and tries to argue that her suicide had nothing to do with her rape by spewing "some feelings probably got bruised, no one I knew was horribly damaged and certainly no one died." Betsy elevates her own fanciful opinions over the voices of rape victims she really puts the sick in Karasick.
Betsy continues on whether her narcissitic travels through memory lane by whining about how she was "was fired from a waitressing job in Boston in 1979, during my first year of law school, after I refused to sit in the manager’s lap like the other girls. I would have much rather seen that sleazebag dragged through the legal system than certain teachers I considered friends despite their sexual relations with students that today would land them in jail." Karasik feels the urge to make it all about her by casting a rape and suicide as trivial and trying to make herself the real victim. There's something especially childishly narcissistic about how she wants the legal system to operate in harmony with own personal warped opinions Betsy is a queen of harts without a wonderland.
Apparently "there is a vast and extremely nuanced continuum of sexual interactions involving teachers and students, ranging from flirtation to mutual lust to harassment to predatory behavior." According to Bets we shouldn't 'paint' " all of these behaviors with the same brush sends a damaging message to students and sets the stage for hypocrisy and distortion of the truth." Karasik again does not provide any evidence for her argument which makes it invalid. Is she suggesting that the case was simply a matter of "hypocrisy and distortion?" If so that makes her a rape apologists bordering on rape denier.
According to Betsy "pretending that this kind of thing won’t happen if we simply punish it severely enough is delusional" laws exist to remedy injustice no one believes that laws will prevent crime from ever happening. I thought at least a third grade comprehension of civics was required to write for the washington post. She endorses Louis CK's joke that pedophiles wouldn't kill their victims if they weren't punished so badly, the closes she ever comes to offering evidence.
She asks "if religious leaders and heads of state can’t keep their pants on, with all they have to lose, why does society expect that members of other professions can be coerced into meeting this standard?" The fool conflates sex between adults and rapes of children! The comparison further approaches rape denialism.
Karasik thinks that a "more realistic approach would be to treat violations in a way that removes and rehabilitates the offender without traumatizing the victim." How wouldn't punishing rape slighlty not traumatize the victim? Betsy is really narcissitic to think that she knows what is right for rape victims! If rape was punished leniently it would sky rocket, all of a sudden every loser could live out his fantasies and know that he only has to fear a rehab day spa if he's caught. Karasik's 'solution' would to make a paradise for rapists and a hell for their victims where their rapist's feelings are valued more than their own.
Betsy warns that "he issue of underage sex, and certainly of sex between students and teachers, may be one in which the law of unintended consequences is causing so much damage that society needs to reassess." Another fancifully deluded claim without evidence. Underage 'sex' (rape) between children and teachers has been illegal for centuries, what harm has it inflicted? The Washington Post should apologize for publishing by a depraved narcissistic dullard that insults the suffering of rape victims while calling to create a Gorean utopia for rapists that would leave victims all but defenseless.