Several years ago, the media reported on a new "epidemic" that parents had to worry about. Apparently, a growing number of young and attractive female teachers were seducing their male students into having sexual liaisons. Hence, our schools were facing yet another scourge. At the time I had noticed a fascinating trend in the ways that the media was covering the story. Experts and commentators alike would repeatedly manifest "outrage" and "indignation" at the possibility that such "dangerous sexual predators and pedophiles" might receive lighter treatment from the legal system as compared to male predatory pedophiles. The general argument was that the law is blind to a perpetrator's sex hence Debbie Lafave (shown in the image here) is indeed a sexual predator that society needs to be protected from. Incidentally, some of you might remember that whilst on probation, Debbie Lafave was briefly arrested when she engaged in small talk (e.g., discussions about family and relationship problems) with a female 17-year old fellow employee. The idea is that Debbie Lafave is such a dangerous predator that she was forbidden to have any contact with "children" such as her 17-year old female coworker.

This ridiculous position is rooted in an erroneous understanding of human nature coupled with a desperate need to conform to the politically correct mantra that suggests that men and women are indistinguishable beings. This is one instance where radical ideologies (e.g., radical feminism) coupled with the blank slate view of the human mind yield outlandish outcomes that are truly detrimental to society. In this case, it diverts resources away from true predators (an innumerable number of male offenders) to cases such as those of Debbie Lafave.

Dangerous sexual predators and serial pedophiles are almost always male. As a matter of fact, I cannot think of a single instance where a woman was arrested for being a serial predatory pedophile. As a man, I could insist that such a fact is "sexist" and "insulting" to men. However, most sane people are well aware that society needs to be protected from male sexual predators, and accordingly are fully aware that Debbie Lafave does not pose much of a danger to anyone. In other words, our Darwinian instincts lead us to recognize the true sources of danger, yet they are stifled in this case by idiotic concerns for political correctness coupled with incorrect views of human nature.

Most teenage boys spend much of their waking hours dreaming of meeting "sexual predators" such as Debbie Lafave. Hence, it is somewhat silly to propose that the teenage boy in question has suffered irreversible damage at the "horrifying abuse" that he faced (which if memory serves me right he seemed very keen to partake in). Please understand that I am not in any way condoning Ms. Lafave's actions. As a teacher, she had the moral and ethical obligation to refrain from having any form of intimate relationship with her students (especially so given their age). Hence, she has certainly violated the professional trust that was bestowed upon her, and as such it was perfectly appropriate to fire her and perhaps to charge her criminally. However, to label her, a dangerous "sexual predator" is insulting, as it minimizes and trivializes the millions of children who are victimized by dangerous sexual predators, most if not all of whom are recidivist and incorrigible male pedophiles.

One final thought: my father married my mother when he was 19 and she was about to turn 16. In many American states, this could have landed my father with the lifelong appellation of "dangerous sexual offender." Nice! It is much superior to have legal codes rooted in a proper understanding of our biological-based human nature rather than creating statutes that are founded on false concerns for political correctness. Those of you interested in knowing more about the ways by which law can be tackled from an evolutionary and biological-based perspective, should visit the websites of the Society for Evolutionary Analysis of Law, and of the Gruter Institute.

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About the Author

Gad Saad

Gad Saad, Ph.D., is a professor of marketing at Concordia University and the author of The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption and The Consuming Instinct.

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