When are male sex abuse victims “conquerors”?

When their abuser is female, says Details magazine.

Topics: Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

Associated Press: All right! Today Egypt did better than to elect its first female judge. It appointed 31 female judges all at once. Conservatives are predictably outraged: “Women must not sit as judges because it would be against Sharia (Islamic law) as they would have to spend time alone with men,” said Yahia Ragheb Daqruri, president of the judges’ syndicate.

Reuters: Just call him Peter “Panty Raid” Parker. Or something. A Japanese man repeatedly scaled apartment buildings in pursuit of … women’s panties, say police. Over a six-year period, the man broke into women’s homes using “climbing skills” he developed as a construction worker and stole more than 4,000 pieces of lingerie.

Washington Post: It’s long past time to do away with the ridiculous term “manorexia.” A recent Harvard study found that “25 percent of those with anorexia or bulimia and 40 percent of binge eaters were men.” Part of why eating disorders often go unrecognized in boys is that they “say, ‘I’m getting into shape, not, ‘I’m fat and gross and need to go on a diet,’” according to Adelaide Robb, associate professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine.

More Reuters: A bill that would legalize abortion within the first three months of pregnancy is making its way through Mexico City’s assembly and is expected to pass within months. Jeez, just kick the Catholic Church while it’s down, why don’t you! The church just lost its battle to prevent the city from recognizing gay civil unions and now … this.

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Details: Nerve’s Scanner calls Details’ take on female teachers who have had sex with underage male students “fascinating but maybe horrifying but maybe fascinating again.” Perhaps “horrifying” suffices. Its argument paraphrased: Those boys aren’t victims, they’re pioneers, conquerors and way more studly than their old men! In Details’ own words: “What nobody’s saying (at least not out loud) is that we ought to be happy for these pubescent pioneers … Right now, any one of those little Miss Crabtree-bagging twerps is probably being carried atop the shoulders of his classmates like some conquering hero … The real losers here are the fathers of the, ahem, victims … Publicly they have to put on the shame face, furrowing their brows, shedding a few tears at all that innocence lost, working up a froth of righteous indignation. But privately, those poor saps have to deal with the realization that the fruit of their loins has already one-upped the old man — at 13!”

Tracy Clark-Flory
Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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