Friday, August 29, 2003

Double standards

Today's entry is something that might make you grin at first, but upon reflection, demands answers to a few questions...

Birthday Party Gone Bad
Mom Accused of Stripping for Boys

SHARON, PA-August 27, 2003 — A Pennsylvania woman was arrested after allegedly buying her son and 3 of his friends beer and stripping for them in a hotel in an attempt to make up for a failed birthday trip to ride go-carts.

The 34-year-old woman was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault and reckless endangerment stemming from the alleged July 26 party.

Police said the youths met at a western Pennsylvania go-cart track to celebrate the birthday of the woman's son. When the boys discovered all the go-carts rented out, the woman drove to Ohio to buy beer and then took the youths to a hotel, police alleged.

In the room, the woman gave the boys beer, gave them $1 bills, told them she wanted to be a stripper and asked them to put the money in her bra and panties, police said. She also exposed herself and asked the boys to spank her, police said.

Police did not give the boys' ages, but according to the charges, they are under the age of 16.

The woman's son said he was embarrassed by her actions, police said.

The woman has an unlisted number and could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Tuesday. It was unclear whether she had an attorney. She was free on bail and has been barred from seeing the boys, authorities said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

OK, so here are the questions:

* She is barred from seeing the boys: How nice. Does this include her son, too? Poor reporting.

* Double Standards: does anyone see the double standard?? If a 34 year old man did a similar act with a bunch of 12 year old girls, he would be hung from a yardarm before sundown (and rightfully so!). Here, it makes the 'Bizarre News' section of an ABC-TV affiliate, and has probably been the source of much humor on morning radio and TV.

But why is it seemingly OK that a woman does this act, and a man automatically considered the scorn of the earth?

Makes me wonder...

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