Posted on | July 25, 2014 | 22 Comments
A 25-year-old Wharton woman has been accused of sexually assaulting an then-8-year-old girl — as well as punching and kicking the child in the stomach on multiple occasions.
Whitney Ball has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of children.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Ball is accused of engaging in “multiple acts of digital penetration” as well as “multiple acts of sexual contact” with the child between June 1 and Sept. 1 of last year. The child has alleged Ball would promise her candy, and then sexually assault her, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Between June of last year and April of this year, Ball is alleged to have punched and kicked the child on multiple occasions. the prosecutor’s office said.
Some will object to the “lesbian” label for such perverse acts, but when a woman puts her finger in an 8-year-old girl’s vagina — “multiple acts” occurring in repeated sexual abuse that continued for three months — that certainly is not a heterosexual crime.
Perhaps readers disturbed by this crime would care to examine “Elementary School Girls and Heteronormativity: The Girl Project,” a research paper published in 2012 by Professor Kristen Myers of the Women’s Studies and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Studies program at Northern Illinois University:
In American society, heterosexuality is the only acceptable sexual category, despite the complexity of human desires. Few people recognize the overwhelming pressure to be straight . . . “Just as the fish does not know that it lives in a wet environment,” so too are we unable to recognize the pervasiveness and effects of heteronormative messages. Martin . . . defines heteronormativity as “the mundane, everyday ways that heterosexuality is privileged and taken for granted as normal and natural.” Gender and heterosexuality are also interconnected . . . Traditional gender arrangements . . . reinforce women’s sexual subordination to men. . . .
[F]rom a very young age, children are pressed into a rigid heterosexual mold. . . . [H]eteronormativity is foisted on children by their mothers . . . Mothers act both unwittingly and intentionally to reproduce the heteronormative order.
So if women are to escape “sexual subordination to men” because girls “are pressed into a rigid heterosexual mold,” a feminist might conclude that there is a need for schools “fostering girl-centered girls and minimizing heteronormative boy centeredness” — which is exactly what Professor Myers concluded. Maybe you think that conclusion is irrelevant to the charges against Whitney Ball.
Also, Orange Is the New Black? Probably irrelevant.