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Pathetic Men and Innocent Maidens v. Hot Teachers and Teenage Boys: Constructing Sex Offenders on MSNBC

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This paper examines the confrontation of sex offending by MSNBC (and the NBC network more broadly). NBC's "To Catch a Predator" is now virtually a weekly show. The program is remarkably predictable, given that it is supposed to represent a "live" on-air confrontation with a man who thinks he is coming to have sex with a teenage girl. Nearly always the man responds with neutralization or rationalization techniques, per Sykes and Matza (1957). Sometimes, the confrontation becomes a confessional. Typically, the men seem to defer to the host; always, the men are characterized as pathetic and the girls as innocent and desexualized. Remarkably, all of this-- including the later (inevitable) arrest and interrogation by police-- is caught on tape with full disclosure of the man's identity. This confrontation with male offenders is contrasted with Matt Lauer's more gentle encounters with female teachers accused of sexually abusing male students. The gendered dynamics of offender, victim, reporter, and audience is explored against the backdrop of consent, the sexualization of youth, and the catharsis provided by a modern "public hanging" of our most reviled offender: sex offenders.
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Lea, Suzanne. "Pathetic Men and Innocent Maidens v. Hot Teachers and Teenage Boys: Constructing Sex Offenders on MSNBC" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201811_index.html>

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Lea, S. R. , 2007-11-14 "Pathetic Men and Innocent Maidens v. Hot Teachers and Teenage Boys: Constructing Sex Offenders on MSNBC" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201811_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines the confrontation of sex offending by MSNBC (and the NBC network more broadly). NBC's "To Catch a Predator" is now virtually a weekly show. The program is remarkably predictable, given that it is supposed to represent a "live" on-air confrontation with a man who thinks he is coming to have sex with a teenage girl. Nearly always the man responds with neutralization or rationalization techniques, per Sykes and Matza (1957). Sometimes, the confrontation becomes a confessional. Typically, the men seem to defer to the host; always, the men are characterized as pathetic and the girls as innocent and desexualized. Remarkably, all of this-- including the later (inevitable) arrest and interrogation by police-- is caught on tape with full disclosure of the man's identity. This confrontation with male offenders is contrasted with Matt Lauer's more gentle encounters with female teachers accused of sexually abusing male students. The gendered dynamics of offender, victim, reporter, and audience is explored against the backdrop of consent, the sexualization of youth, and the catharsis provided by a modern "public hanging" of our most reviled offender: sex offenders.

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