Investigative reporters, where are you? There’s a HUGE story here. Everybody wonders what happened at Penn State – How could this happen? What is it about the culture of an organization that allows child rape and abuse to go on right under its nose? Why is the media steering clear of this aspect of the scandal?
Original Post: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:00 am, PhillyBurbs.com by Rose Mciver
If Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier hadn’t been so tolerant of sexual taboos, would he have taken action to stop Jerry Sandusky from allegedly molesting little boys, and spared the university the biggest college sports scandal ever?
A school administrator possessing a healthy view of human sexuality would not hesitate to summon authorities when presented with allegations of child molestation. But not Spanier. Why? His long academic career is aglow with defenses of the sexual fringe.
It began with his 1975 academic paper on wife swapping. It continued through his time as Penn State’s president. This includes his defense of the university’s annual Sex Faire, which showcased half-dressed lesbian performance artists, anti-male speechifying, and guests such as Patrick Califia-Rice, a transgendered advocate of “boy-lovers,” who was among the Sex Faire’s main speakers in 2002.
Spanier said he didn’t realize the grave situation created by Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who is on trial after being charged with more than 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. But last week, NBC News reported that Spanier could face criminal charges for a coverup.
A university administrator kept a “secret file” on Sandusky. The file, which has been turned over to prosecutors, contains emails in which Spanier and another Penn State administrator “discussed whether they were obligated to tell authorities about a 2001 allegation involving a late-night encounter in a Penn State shower room between Sandusky and a young boy, both of whom were naked,” NBC reported.
In the email, Spanier said that not alerting social service agencies was the “humane” thing to do for Sandusky.
Sympathy for the alleged perp, not the victim. How do you come to think like that?
Perhaps it begins when you attempt to redefine wife swapping as a good thing.
Spanier, a human sexuality scholar, co-authored a paper on wife-swapping for a 1975 edition of the “Archives of Sexual Behavior.” Here’s the introduction:
“This article attempts to illuminate the understanding of swinging, or mate swapping, an increasingly common form of extramarital sexual activity. A theoretical formulation argues that swinging is a form of extramarital sexual activity which serves to define as good and acceptable a behavior that in other forms and in the past has been considered deviant and immoral.”
Of course, as America learned during the 1970s, gonorrhea, herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases acquired through promiscuous bed bouncing are not “theoretical,” or “good.”
Maybe a defense is that Spanier’s interest is academic, and the article was nothing more than a product of the era. At the time, the sexual revolution was in full swing, and pop culture bristled with mate-swapping tales such as the hit film “Carol & Bob & Ted & Alice.”
So what explains Spanier’s vigorous defense of Sex Faire more than a quarter century later?
In 2002, when “boy-lover” advocate Califia-Rice appeared on campus as Sex Faire’s guest speaker, Spanier defended the appearance.
One of the few public voices challenging Spanier and Penn State was John A. Lawless, a state rep from Montgomery County. Lawless made national news trying to get Pennsylvania’s House Appropriations Committee to punish Spanier and other university administrators because, he said, they had failed in “moral” leadership.
Spanier was called before the House committee, of which Lawless was a member, and questioned. He apologized for some of the obscene aspects of Sex Faire, but vigorously defended the affair as “free speech.”
Lawless asked Spanier if the Sex Faire programs were immoral. Lawless, quoted widely at the time, said, “(Spanier’s) answer was, ‘It depends on what your definition of immoral is.’ ”
(Last week, I tried contacting Lawless, who has retired from his state legislator job and lives in Florida. His personal lawyer said he wasn’t interested in commenting.)
Graham Spanier could have saved some kids and Penn State football had he placed a phone call to police in 2001 when he learned of Sandusky. He didn’t.
When a man entertains “theoretical” views on marital sexual deviancy, or cannot bring himself to call Sex Faire what it is — a circus of sexual dysfunction — it should not surprise that in his moral confusion he would choose to “humanely” spare an alleged deviant, rather than protect the deviant’s innocent prey. http://alturl.com/ap4ee
This guy is being shielded by the media. Why? Certainly not because it would not be an interesting and compelling story to tell. Why would the liberal corrupt media not rush to talk about this? He is, to say the least, a quirky kind of guy, strange, interesting, does magic tricks, plays a “bucket” in some band, went running with the bulls, wore the mascot costume at football games, and has numerous questionable incidents and events in his background prior to Penn State and during Penn State, including refusing to address an allegation of a now grown guy who accused a professor of abuse spelled out in a NYT article. http://alturl.com/wbobe
Posted: 07.14.12 A.D. @ 3:05 p.m.