Monday, September 6, 2021

SCREAM QUEENS: Tavi Gevinson's (Fictional) Student-Teacher Affair

Previously, we wrote a post about Rookie, Tavi Gevinson's teen magazine, and the piece "Older Men: Everything you always wanted to know about them, and weren’t at all afraid to ask" where it was shared: “First, being attracted to older guys is completely and totally normal.”

And on The Cut, Tavi shared some details about her non-fiction age-gap sexual affair that she had when she was 18 with a much older man. For example, she shared:
When I entered the world of adult men as an 18-year-old, I was aware that I’d been granted access, visibility, and currency through my whiteness, thinness, cis-ness [...] as well as my social status. I could not reconcile my awareness of my power — and all the safety it promised — with the idea that I was also vulnerable in any way.
But I failed to write about Tavi's fictional age-gap affair on Fox's Scream Queens with Mr. Munch - her character's much older Wallace University college professor.

On the episode "Beware of Young Girls", Feather McCarthy (Tavi Gevinson), a (former) member of Wallace's Kappa Kappa Tau sorority shared: 
"It was two years ago that I met her husband [i.e., Wallace's Dean Munch] Dr. Munch and we sort of became involved. He was my Beatles 101 professor."
Before the student and professor kissed, the professor told his student: "I love how you challenge me in the classroom." And Feather shared: 
"I mean he wasn't really attractive - at all. But, I mean, he was the Beatles 101 professor; so, we started having sex. Not all the time. He was in his mid-50s; so, he could only get it up, like, once or twice per week." 
But unsurprisingly, the age-gap affair ended abruptly after professor Munch informed his wife, while holding Feather's hand, "Kathy. I want a divorce. Heather and I are in love."

One would imagine that Gevinson would agree that Feather had the power in her relationship with professor Munch and that their (fictional) affair exemplifies that an older man, by default of his age, does not possess all the power in an age-gap relationship but that it depends on the individual (i.e., sometimes the old(er) man possesses the power and sometimes the young(er) woman does).

Tavi Gevinson & Mia Farrow
Source: FOX; Terry O'Neill/Getty Images

Interestingly, per Entertainment's "The Real Story Behind Tonight's Scream Queens: "Beware of Young Girls", the title of the episode, "Beware of Young Girls", comes from a song written by Dory Previn - Andre Previn's wife. The song is based on Andre's age-gap affair with Mia Farrow

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