Male students at Piedmont High School have been running a "sexual fantasy league," in which unknowing female students are drafted to teams based on how good they are at running bases; you know which kind.
The community is scandalized by the news that high schoolers are obsessed with who has gone the farthest with whom, but I doubt any actual teenagers were all that shocked. The "league" sounds horrible, yes, but it also sounds like something out of a more PG-rated American Pie scene — a scene that would be met with laughs, not derision, from fans. The vast majority of people I know can still remember the first girl who gave head in high school (although not necessarily the name of the receiver). Teen slut-shaming (or slut-naming? In this case) is not only nothing new, it's basically par for the course.
It's great that this particular incident is receiving so much media attention, but unless sex-ed classes start driving home the point that a person's worth has nothing to do with whether s/he has had sex or even been felt up with as much urgency as teachers instruct kids to stay away from sexual activity, lists and leagues like this one will continue to circulate through high schools (and social media sites).
It does sound like Piedmont High is handling the news well. "We're not making excuses, we're not minimizing it, we're not sanitizing it," Randall Booker, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Piedmont Unified School District, told the San Jose Mercury News. We're an educational community. Our point is to take issues like this and treat them as educational opportunities, and if there are criminal issues, we report them to the police." And the "league" was apparently reported by students who came forward after a date-rape prevention assembly in early October, which shows that awareness education really can garner results. But the means by which female objectification is spread isn't as important as the objectification itself.
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