I’m sure I’m not the only one who is tired of reading about the abominable behavior of Jerry Sandusky and those who covered for him at Penn State. Happily the jury of his peers (no offense to the jurors) convicted him and he will most likely spend the rest of his life in jail. Too good for him but it will have to do.
I read this article yesterday about the other victim in this case: Mike McQueary. Yep, that poor Mike McQueary who saw Sandusky raping a 10-year-old child in a Penn State shower and didn’t grab the kid, knock the holy crap out of Sandusky while dialing 911. That Mike McQueary. This article discusses the fact that these days American men fall into two categories of manhood: The Lone Ranger (the superhero) and the Good Soldier (the Team Player).
According to the Jim Sollisch, the author of the Opinion piece:
Mike McQueary is the prototypical Good Soldier. He would have gladly marched off a cliff for Joe Paterno. He is the ultimate Team Player. He’s a model citizen who believes in authority.
So Mr. McQueary did what he was conditioned to do. He told the ultimate authority: JoePa. You and I might wonder why he didn’t tell the police. In his world, the police were mere mortals compared to Coach. I’m not suggesting McQueary shouldn’t have called the police. I’m just saying that when people wonder why he didn’t alert the authorities, they’re missing the point: He did.
According to Sollisch, it is easier for American boys and men to be the “Good Soldier” because “it’s the story told by every institution a boy comes in contact with.” Boys are brought up to be men who don’t question authority, they stay true to their organizations and according to Sollisch, are unable to discern right from wrong, blind loyalty rules the day. So poor Mike McQueary was only acting as he had been conditioned to act and his conditioning didn’t include objecting to a pedophile coach raping a child. Poor Victim Mike.
I’m not a man. My father was a man and my brother is a man. I am dating a man and was married to a man. There is no way in hell that one of the above-referenced men or the many other male friends that I have would have just walked by a little boy being raped and not saved that boy. McQueary interrupted the rape? Wow, good for him, I bet that boy was so relieved that his rape was interrupted and then the young guy left him there with Sandusky. If my brother had witnessed what Mike McQueary witnessed, my father sure as hell would NEVER have said, “well son you better tell the coach.” WTF??? Knowing my dad back in the day, he would have gone looking for Sandusky.
I asked Derwood and John to read the article and comment.
Derwood: “This whole article reeks of a passive sympathizer who believes the majority of American males have been led astray by all of our institutions. ”
John: “My big problem with this article is that is tries to superimpose the extraordinary conditions and atmosphere that existed at Penn State with the normal culture that exists with young men being conditioned to be “team players”. PSU was uniquely fucked up…and I refuse to accept any sort of psych 101 explanation as to why anyone did what they did.”
- To use the word “victim” in reference to Mike McQueary is the height of insensitivity to the boys who were raped. It’s like when the Catholic Church asked us to pray for the priests. You pray for the priests, I’m going to pray for the children whose lives were violently, silently ruined by adults they trusted.
- Don’t give McQueary a pass by implicating American society and throwing all men under the same bus as McQueary. I’m offended for all the fine men I know.