LOS ANGELES — At the end of “Manhattan,” the celebrated movie romance from 1979, a teenager played by Mariel Hemingway delivers some good news to the 42-year-old television writer, portrayed by Woody Allen, with whom she has had a long-running sexual affair....
That was then.Roman Polanski’s arrest on Sept. 26 to face a decades-old charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl stirred global furor over both Mr. Polanski’s original misdeed and the way the authorities have handled it — along with some sharp reminders that, when it comes to adult sex with the under age, things have changed.
Manners, mores and law enforcement have become far less forgiving of sex crimes involving minors in the 31 years since Mr. Polanski was charged with both rape and sodomy involving drugs. He fled rather than face what was to have been a 48-day sentence after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
The mores of the 70's didn't consider sexually exploiting children as anything more than ill-mannered. It was entertainment worth filming for Oscar material in Hollywood.
In 1978 officials argued that the plea agreement would spare Mr. Polanski’s young victim the notoriety of a trial. But the soft deal was also in tune with the more permissive times, when sex with the under age was often winked at, especially among entertainment world sophisticates.The mother of the 13-year-old was cocktail partying permissive mother who handed her child over to a Hollywood nutcase without any chaperoning or inquiring about his intentions.
In a further conclusion that appeared to shed blame on the victim, it said, “There was some indication that circumstances were provocative, that there was some permissiveness by the mother,” who had allowed Ms. Geimer to spend time with Mr. Polanski. And, in a conclusion that might particularly jar readers today, it pointed toward evidence “that the victim was not only physically mature, but willing.”
After all, what mother would question a 43 year old pulling up his his Porsche and picking up their 13 year old? You simply blow kisses from the door and get back to finding out when the next party is.
Irresponsible parenting is part of pedophilia. Saying it out loud shouldn't be offensive. Accepting money and keeping your mouth shut, saying you don't want him prosecuted are the very things that kept the Church pedophiles under the radar.
There are kidnappings and random acts - I'm not speaking about those. In situations like the Polanski case and priest pedophiles, parental misfeasance and dysfunction is 90% of what victims are chosen in these kinds of situations. (Polanski's victim had already been sexually active at the age of 13.)
The probation officers quoted a pair of psychiatrists as saying that Mr. Polanski was not “a pedophile” or a “sexual deviate.”
As one of the culture warrior of sluts, Whoppi Goldberg,describes it "It isn't rape-rape."
Catholics are very interested to see what they do with Roman Polanski.
Perhaps John Geoghan's cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley is available. Feces in your food, prison guards leaving your cell door open, letting a homicidal maniac loose and looking the other way could be in Polanski's future.
Hollywood wouldn't take too kindly to that. Imagine the turmoil on "The View".