[lit-ideas] Re: Don't Stand So Close to Me

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 19:08:03 -0800 (PST)

I also don't know everything I want to know at this
point, and you will understand that the topic is
somewhat sensitive. But I think Andy correctly sensed
that the reference to the student not being
inexperienced - which otherwise would hardly be worth
mentioning - meant a little bit more. The teacher
comes to see that there is a strange and even a
sinister aspect to this sweet, seemingly naive college
student. (Who also turns out to be somewhat older than
she looks.) He doesn't know all the facts but suspects
that her experiences involve things beyond normal
college dating. He also comes to realize that, far
from seducing a naive young student, he is the one
being seduced.

Since he does not immediately go along, she decides to
take vengeance on him. The story now begins to read
more like RL Stevenson than like Jane Eyre and it
features dark bars, mysterious men, fancy clothes, and
a knife in a handbag. The teacher has been reminded of
the limitations of his institutional and personal
power. Not sure what happens in the sequel but it's
hard to believe that it is going to be something good.


Omar in his post informed me that the student he was
writing about was not, 
like my student, 15 years old, but a college student
and that she was not 
inexperienced in things sexual, to which you
responded: " Not inexperienced is 
sometimes known as sexual abuse of children."   My
question is what the hell 
does that have to do with anything?  If you want to
preach against sexual abuse 
of children, then start up an new thread.  I'll
support you in that.  I can 
name priests' names. : )   Who I wonder are you
accusing of sexual abuse of 
children -- Omar or me or both?  I never touched my
student (and today we're 
good, close friends, she teaches theater in Montreal) 
and Omar's student 
certainly wasn't a child.  So what was your point
exactly?  I understand that 
you're opposed to child sexual abuse.  So are we all. 
So are we all.

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