Joseph Epstein on the generic nature of teenage males:
I have a special regard for studies that tell us that the way to reform calls for changing human nature. This study, apparently, also demonstrates that there is probably no such thing as a bad bully, that behind every bully is a lonely, confused boy, frequently ill-adjusted….Boys, surely by now everyone knows, are brutes. Between the ages of 12 and 18, no matter what their other achievements, they are chiefly interested in sex and talk about sex, in devouring large quantities of unhealthy food, and in playing games at which they can outwit, triumph over, and otherwise humiliate their fellows. Boys exist in a near Hobbesian state of nature. Modern life isn’t, thank goodness, nasty, brutish, and short. But boys, given free rein, would make it so. (“B is for Boy -and Bullies,” WSJ, 4-30-2001)
(Generally, this is true, but there are many exceptions, myself for example: “interested in sex,” of course, as are all adolescents, and I often devoured “large quantities of unhealthy food,” as do nearly all male and most female adolescents, but I was not a bully, nor were my two best friends, both deceased, and many other classmates and/or acquaintances. And most of this is just as true of most males in their 20s and many who are older and bullies even in their 50s and 60s, e.g, military officers and coaches and bosses and fathers.)
“Everyone” knows that boys are “brutes.” Not the authors of the study he mentions and not CSA victimologists, obviously, and virtually all feminists and left-liberals/”progressives,” who believe the actions of boys and men are purely or largely an effect of male socialization which can be mitigated or abolished by egalitarian and enlightened socialization.
To CSA victimologists, biological men under age 16 or 18 (and even 18-year-olds if the women is a teacher or tutor like Abigail Simon) who are “chiefly interested in sex and talk about sex” and who often talk and fantasize of having sex with adult women (various celebrities, teachers, neighbors, strangers, their mother’s friends, etc.) must be protected from such women by draconian/Orwellian punishments, the enactment and enforcement of laws and policies to prevent the realization of their fantasies or, if they get lucky, to end the intrigue, and the “victims” gratification, the fulfillment of his fantasies, by ruining the woman’s life -or to ruin her life weeks or months or years after the affair or tryst ended since her “victim” is “traumatized” and “scarred for life” by sex he willingly and knowingly assented to or initiated, in some cases by force and/or threats, and enjoyed far more than the women who “raped” and “molested” him.