Jerry Sandusky's Defense Argument is Not Only Revolting, It's Classist

Jerry Sandusky showered with boys to teach them “basic hygiene skills.” Of course he did. And if that explanation isn’t offensive enough, the boys needed to be taught hygiene because they were poor. And poor people are dirty:

Karl Rominger, a Carlisle, Pa., lawyer who recently joined the accused child molester’s defense team, says Sandusky may have showered with boys to teach them “basic hygiene skills.”

“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills,” Rominger told WHTM-TV on Tuesday. “Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.”


Feministe / By Jill F

Posted at December 19, 2011, 5:58am

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