I would be troubled more if the teacher were male and the students were female. I would be troubled more if the teacher were male and the students were male.
I'm curious about why
hold this view, Frank.
You've talked about the benefits of young males being initiated by older women in different cultures. But let's stick to the culture we live in ( I'm not living in the same culture as you, though not too
is it acceptable to you
that young males be initiated into sexual activity by older women (teachers in this case), while you feel more "troubled" by female students receiving similar treatment from male teachers?
(by your reasoning) would male teachers "initiating" male students worry you more than the situation that's being discussed here?
Personally, I can't see the difference. I wonder why you do.
I'm a teacher. Have been for most of my adult life.
Here's my perspective, if you're interested.
Students & their teachers are not "equal", in so many ways .... nowhere near it!
Teachers are adults
(or at least expected
to behave as adults), with a whole lot more experience of the world than their students have.
The thing is, there's a big power imbalance
between adult teachers & their students.
I think it's critical that teachers, assuming they actually have the maturity to understand this, say nothing of the rules that govern their profession, respect that & behave ethically
It is perfectly normal
for adolescents to develop "crushes" on particular teachers. I could certainly tell you a lot of stories from my own earlier teaching days! Teenage boys with rioting hormones ...
But .... you don't
take advantage of adolescent infatuation by actually *******
your students! Because
it is a totally unequal power
And personally, I believe that any teacher who takes advantage of that power imbalance should not be teaching. It's simply a matter of being mature, or "grown up" enough, to understand that adolescent sexuality is one thing, but your respect
for your students & the job your are required to do (education) means that you don't take advantage.
As if you'd want
to, knowing all that, as a reasonably well adjusted adult
, say nothing of being a teacher!