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The First Stone Re-visited and A Sexy Fairy Story

It is worth reading the excellent article by Rachel Hennessy entitled Why Helen Garner was wrong. Click here for the link.

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Rachel Hennessy’s novels include The Quakers and The Heaven I Swallowed. She is a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and has been a peer assessor on the Literature panel at the Australia Council and Creative Victoria.

 

A Sexy Fairy Story
by Erich Mayer

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a teacher whose nickname was Groper Ted.

One evening Groper Ted joined in the festivities of his pupils and lived up to his nickname with five of the young women. These youngsters wanted Groper Ted to apologise which he declined to do. Three of the young women decided not to take the matter further, probably on the advice of their parents. The other two young women complained to the headmaster who was advised by his assistant that the teacher had done no wrong. So the two young women went to the police who took appropriate action with the matter going to court.

A wise woman of some repute publicly commiserated with the teacher because a little groping, if indeed it had occurred, was in her opinion hardly an offence at all and the young women had no right to ruin the teacher’s career by their ill-advised accusations. She wrote a book about it which demonised the two young women.

In the magistrate’s court the teacher was found guilty of one groping offence, a verdict which was later overturned by a higher court, but his reputation was in tatters. One of the young women wrote honestly about how the headmaster’s assistant had mis-handled her complaint about the teacher and she was successfully sued for libel. The other young woman went overseas.

Some two or so decades later many women are speaking out against the gropers of this world and their voices are being heard. Surprisingly there are still some people who think a little groping is OK and that the wise woman of some repute was right in sticking up for the teacher.

But this is not the end of the story.

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  2 comments for “The First Stone Re-visited and A Sexy Fairy Story

  1. Livski
    11/01/2018 at 10:35 pm

    Love this so much.. it’s kinda perfect!

  2. Tim
    11/01/2018 at 10:41 pm

    Yes – what a lovely little story! I wonder – is it based on fact or is it one of those crazy fantasies of leftist neo Marxist liberal PC folk? Aargh! The sky is falling!

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