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MILF alert.... [Aug. 4th, 2004|12:14 pm]
Just me.
Mary Kay Letourneau has served her time and is now a free woman.

A free, hot, 42 year old woman.

Not that I think what she did was correct or ethical, but it seems that the student who was her lover was pretty into her, and perhaps still is. I know he doesn't get a vote because he was a minor at the time, but he's now 21 years old. so this bit from the Seattle PI really irked me:

The big question is, where is she going? Some who know her best predict Letourneau, 42, will head straight into the arms of her victim, Vili Fualaau, who's now 21.

Her VICTIM? I guess legally that's correct, he's the victim of her crime, but geez, people, can't we stop demonizing this woman? I think the word I would have used was "former lover", as that seems more accurate than "victim". Until she figured that she could maybe get money by suing the school district for failing to stop the relationship, Vili's own mother was against prosecuting Mary and didn't consider her son to have been victimized.

Anyway, my feeling is, if this 21 year old guy wants to have a relationship with the mother of his 2 children now that's she free, they should be able to do so now. Yeah, its a little creepy. If she'd been able to be a responsible teacher and keep her hands off him for 4-5 years and then jumped him when he was 18, it would still be creepy. People shouldn't sleep with their students, but if you've done 7 years prison time, I guess you've earned the right to sleep with your ex-students* if it's that important to you.

Note to Rick Santorum:

Mary Kay started cheating on her husband (and father of her first 4 children) with a 13 year old back in the summer of 1996. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed later that fall. After serving a 6 month suspended sentence, she got caught fooling around with Vili again in February 1998, thus violating her probation so the Judge sent her back to prison.

Steve Letourneau filed for divorce long before the first trial in 1997. Mr. Santorum, please explain why the DOMA did not succeed in protection of this marriage. Also, are gays at fault for this failure?

*Is the Latourneau case another example of how few eligible men there are in the Seattle area? I heard it was bad for us women over 30, but I hoping there are at least a few men out there for me that are at least old enough to drive. I mean, vote.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-08-04 01:23 pm (UTC)

point taken

thanks for the serious reply to my somewhat snarky post.

I'm not saying he's not gonna be screwed up because of this, but identifying him as "her victim" rather than "her ex-lover" or even "the child she was convicted of raping" just further stigmatizes him (and her). Maybe I just hate the word and the concept of labeling someone that way.

and "her victim" rather than "the victim" sounds like something out a vampire novel. :-)


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[User Picture]From: tyrsalvia
2004-08-04 02:06 pm (UTC)
I just read an article about this, and I don't know what to think either. Clearly, what she did was not ok, but it sounds like she did have some sort of real connection with him, and that it was mutual if *he's* the one trying to get the restraining order removed.
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[User Picture]From: redmenace
2004-08-04 03:23 pm (UTC)
While this case is peculiar on its merits, in the general sense the word victim, however loaded, is correct. C'mon, if a 35 year old man had fucked a 12 year old girl this wouldn't even be an issue. You know enough about power dynamics to understand that a teen really can't make rational decisions about fucking an adult, let alone an adult who is an authority figure.

The fact that the two of them had an emotional connection that seems to survive to this day (c.f. cuz's petititon to be allowed to contact her) doesn't negate the fact that what happened is something that should be proscribed. Even if this was the rare exception, as a grown up she should have waited and kept in touch.

But hey, that's just me. The whole situation is plain weird.
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[User Picture]From: redmenace
2004-08-04 03:29 pm (UTC)

PS

Okay, she's a nutter. Check out some of the stuff at http://www.marykayletourneau.com/27typed.html

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