Is a senior guy dating a freshman girl weird
a better sense of what she wants from her partner, a better sense of who he is forgoing, a stronger awareness of how this hook-up will be perceived on campus, as well as more minor things: a better support system of friends and (often) more sexual experience.The senior, in short, knows himself better than the freshman could ever hope to.
I do not accept that “Cougar Formal”—the annual senior girl-freshman boy drunken invitational—is the result of genuine person-to-person connections. But I suspect in both cases less noble intentions are in play, and that worries me, and it should worry you.
The Amherst College Sexual Misconduct and Oversight Committee noted a troubling pattern in which “sophomore, junior, and senior men” engage in “predatory behavior with respect to first-year women.” This pattern is the imbalance’s most dire form.
A senior exploits the imbalance of power to his own benefit.
He wasn’t a child, he wasn’t dumb, he just...didn’t know Amherst College.
The College treats freshmen differently because it knows, as I believe we all do intuitively, that freshman year is a time for growth.
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When an antique collector buys a Picasso from a man who doesn’t know its worth, do we trust she’ll pay the full price?