Rape and Adam Sandler’s New Movie
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There’s nothing funny about rape and Adam Sandler’s new movie
‘That’s My Boy’
By Dr. Keith Ablow Published May 02, 2012 FoxNews.com
Adam Sandler’s new movie, “That’s My Boy,” should be BOY-cotted by anyone who believes that statutory rape of a 13-year-old is wrong.
That sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? I mean, after all, “That’s My Boy” is a comedy that makes light of the seduction and statutory rape of a 13-year-old boy by his pretty teacher – a rape that results in the birth of a child.
Yet, Hollywood thinks it knows two things:
1) Sex sells.
2) Little boys do not need or deserve the same protections from sexual assault as girls because they actually like it.
They’re entirely right about sex selling, of course. In our almost hopelessly repressed culture just about anything, including a movie with such a sordid premise, can reawaken the sexual feelings we tend to wall off and deny. And yes, those same feelings will get some people to part with a little time and a little cash for a movie.
Hollywood writers, producers and directors are entirely wrong, however, about believing that 13-year-old boys are fair game sexually for adult women because the boys will enjoy going to bed with them.
It should go without saying that 13-year-olds aren’t immune to the psychological fallout of being manipulated into bed by authority figures, like teachers, who are supposed to help them to focus and to learn, not help themselves to their bodies. And it should go without saying that a 13-year-old boy who has a son after being raped by his teacher isn’t going to live happily-ever-after.
The truth is that both girls and boys obviously have sexual feelings when they are 13-years-old (and much, much earlier). Both girls and boys fantasize about what it would be like to have romantic relationships with attractive teachers, or coaches, or youth group leaders.
They’re supposed to be having these thoughts; they’re a normal part of sexual development. But they are supposed to learn that those who care for them in other ways—as their educators, for example—won’t commandeer those natural and innocent impulses for their own pleasure.
They are supposed to be learning things like trust in others and respect for authority and that they are worth being kept safe when their parents allow schools or churches or athletic leagues to care for them. They are supposed to learn that they matter for their minds and potential.
Sadly, too many Americans, however, agree with Hollywood on both counts. They think adolescent boys can’t be harmed by adult women who have sex with them. They think males, including adolescents, are merely sexual “animals,” without any feelings.
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