I know I’m coming a little late to the party, but I wanted to take a few days to ruminate and prevent myself from simply hurling invective at those insensitive Landon boys. It wouldn’t make for a good post, I think.
The Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, MD has recently come under scrutiny for the actions of a group of rising freshman boys, who have created a fantasy football league (thanks to Maureen Dowd of the NYTimes for that descriptor) of rising freshman girls who were both hot and willing to put out, so to speak. Points were awarded for how many bases were covered, and at the end of whatever the season was, the winner would be the boy with the most points.
The game is demeaning and objectifying to women – to these 14 year old girls, who had no idea what was going on. It’s been a while, but I remember what it was like to be 14. You are so excited to get to high school, to be seen as somewhat of an adult, and yet so insecure, so desperate to be liked. These girls thought the boys actually liked them, that there might be something special forming. What they did with those boys was their choice. I can’t blame them for anything. But to find out that a seemingly budding relationship was simply a game – that had to be devastating. Continue reading