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Law should not be based on gender

In profiling two cases of manufacturing child pornography that have recently passed through the Nevada courts, it might be supposed they were an apple-to-apple comparison. I’ll let you decide.

One case has a man convicted of secretly taking pictures of his daughter, using a Web cam and specialized software, and then editing them for sexual content. It was not reported if the pictures were publicly broadcast. In another, a woman school teacher coerced a girl to pose for an upskirt photograph using a web cam. She then published the picture on the Web, and e-mailed it to herself.

If I had to choose the worse of the two, I’d pick the teacher because of the child’s awareness of being violated at the time of the offense. The courts, however, decided that the man get life in prison for his actions, which is in reality no less than 25 years. Meanwhile, the woman received five years of probation for her transgression. There are those who will say that there must be more to the man’s case if he received this punishment, though it is unfair to presume this when it was not reported. It is, however, an expected response from that growing contingent whose purpose and good pleasure it is to paint all men as evil.

Truthfully, I believe the woman got the fairer sentence, but that’s just my opinion. Certainly though, if we are going to have a society where women increasingly assume the positions of responsibility, leadership and authority, then they need to accept accountability for their actions the same as do men. Unless, of course, it is birthright to the matriarchy that they may both have their cake and eat it to.

WILLIAM JONES

Carson City

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