The sexual policing of Megan Stammers: why Foucault was right
Michel Foucault, he of so many a social theorist’s wet dream, wrote a three-part book called the History of Sexuality. In the first one, which I am reading in advance of starting my Gender Studies MPhil, he argues that sex and sexuality is ferociously policed by various powers – legal, medical, juridical, and so on. That it is those institutions, the ones that seek/pretend to control, forbid and taboo-ify sex, that are actually perpetrating and making sex grow in practice and oddity, with their obsession with it.
The Americans do this more – poking the state nose into people’s consensual sex and private parts. But in the case of Megan Stammers, it can only be seen as an extremely dodgy, not to say prurient carriage of justice, that has led the sexual choices of a 15 year old straight onto every front page in Britain. I know, I know – there’s a LEGAL age for sex. But who are we kidding? 15 year old girls are horny, full of lust and capable of love – just ask Romeo and Juliet. Why it’s anyone’s business who she dates – especially when it’s no longer her teacher – is beyond me. They dated for seven months before running away – if he’d been a monster, she would probably have tried to get away from him, not run away with him.
Of course, the fact that he was her teacher has inevitably fueled the fire – there’s nothing the powers that be in society like to punish more than TEACHERS who have romances with students. Have these people never been students? Teachers can be extremely attractive and had I attracted the interest of, say, a particularly lovely and dishy maths teacher, I’d have probably been in seventh heaven, just like Megan Stammers. Who – judging from the looks of an average 15 year old male – probably finds her teacher hubby a good deal tastier than her peers. Everyone else is just jealous.