Friday, April 8, 2011

Jesse Bering ponders the imponderable - Andrew Sullivan Strokes his beard sagely

Life Beyond Cougarville - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast:
"Jesse Bering explores the little known world of gerontophilia, or a young person's erotic fixation with the elderly."

Elder sexual abuse is reprehensible, of course; but from a bloodless moral philosophical perspective, it does raise intriguing questions about issues related to consent, trauma, and the impact of sex crimes on victims with different psychological and physical stakes. Is the rape of a 98-year-old Alzheimer's patient—who, whether we like it or not, has only a limited awareness of what is happening, just as the perpetrator says—comparable to, say, the rape of a lucid, vulnerable child who would have to deal with the emotional scars of such sexual violence for the rest of his or her long life, or a teenager who might be impregnated? ...

I cannot begin to express my disgust for this. I am not sure what Jesse Bering is up to lately but after the widely derided bullshit about homophobia he has now wandered into this? Perhaps it is time for a vacation? Or a new boy/girlfriend. I am nearly as disgusted with Andrew Sullivan who thinks that the ethics of this is somehow "fuzzy".

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