Wednesday, December 16, 2020

[UPDATE] PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: An Acceptable High School Student & Teacher Affair?

It appears that most readers of Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa and Alisson Wood's Being Lolita (openly) consider the students in these student-teacher affairs to be victims. However, I haven't heard that sentiment being directed at Aria, of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, whom was involved in a student-teacher affair with Mr. Fitz - her high school English teacher. 

On the teen drama, 16-year-old Aria met Ezra at a bar, kissed him and “made out” with him in the bar’s bathroom. The next day she found out that Eric was actually Mr. Fitz, her new English teacher. Aria and Mr. Fitz continued to make out in subsequent episodes for over four seasons in places like his car and apartment. 

You may be asking yourself, “How can a television show get away with portraying a 16-year-old in a relationship with her English teacher?” The answer is easy. Pretty Little Liars was set in Pennsylvania where the age of consent is, you guessed it, 16. The writers strategically set the show in Pennsylvania, so they could legally shock its viewers.

But the question remains, why doesn't it appear that commentators such a Kaia Gerber consider Aria to be a victim and Mr. Fitz to be a predator. I would presume that it's because Mr. Fitz is considered a hot teacher. Consequently, he gets a pass. 

And if you're intrigued by the television show, you may find the novel(s) intriguing as well. 

In the beginning of chapter three of volume one of Pretty Little Liars, Hanna, who is described as the most sought-after girl at Rosewood Day high school and her best friend, Mona Vanderwaal, were sipping red wine at Rive Gauch - the French-inspired café in the King James Mall. 

While they were inconceivably enjoying their drinks and “comparing Vogue to Teen Vogue,” Hanna noticed a “fortysomething guy staring lecherously at them”. Thus, she decided it would be a good idea to have a “Lolita” moment.

“We should flash him.” Mona suggested before the teens slowly pulled up the hems of their sky-high minis and revealed their panties to the “... regular Humbert Humbert.”  

“You know that guy had a boner,” Mona presumed as the middle-aged man dashed away after he spilled his drink. 

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