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Teacher’s Pet

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Kazmira

Age 46

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Artist

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? Every single one, even the women.

When are you old enough to have sex? You can know a lot at 15 or 16, but I didn’t. I had a typically difficult adolescence. In this case, it doesn’t matter how old a girl is, the responsibility lies with the older man. She might have dressed very provocatively, but she’s still only a girl.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? When I was 25, I was in love with a 50-year-old man. He took me to Europe for the first time and gave me attention and validation. It was never sexual, through no lack of effort on my part, but it was one of the most important relationships I’ve ever had.


Alexis Froehlich

Age 22

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Pharmaceutical sales

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? No. A lot of my teachers were nuns. It never crossed my mind.

When are you old enough to have sex? It depends, but it’s bad when teachers take this kind of advantage of their students. I myself knew nothing at 16.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? It depends where the age gap occurs. For instance, an 18-year-old and a 28-year-old are in two very different phases of life. Women are much more mature anyway. I’d never want to date a younger man.


Kirby Velez

Age 30

Resides Bronx

Occupation Chef

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? No, there weren’t any good-looking ones when I was a kid. Now I think teachers dress too provocatively.

When are you old enough to have sex? These days in my neighborhood, I’d say 13. I knew what I was doing at 15, but that’s doing it with other kids. It’s child abuse when teachers take advantage of their students.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? I’ve done both. When I was 19, I went out with a 31-year-old. She knew more than I did. As a 30-year-old, I had an affair with a 21-year-old and she knew a lot. As much or more than I do.


Diana Deleon

Age 39

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Word processor

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? No, never.

When are you old enough to have sex? Puberty doesn’t mean maturity. Fifteen is still a teenager. A man who’s 60 shouldn’t date anyone younger than half his age, which would be 30-plus.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? When I was 17 or 18, I dated a man in his thirties. I thought it was an adventure and I had a great time. I never gave a thought to our age difference.


Nadir Ahmad

Age 28

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Medical student

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? Yes, on a teacher in high school. We were good friends because it was a small class, but I had to love her from a distance.

When are you old enough to have sex? Eighteen. Did I myself know enough at 16? No comment.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? I dated a woman eight years my senior. It was good; she groomed me and taught me street smarts, though she was also a little overbearing.


Helen Park

Age 19

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Artist

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? No. I had male teachers, but I never felt that way about any of them.

When are you old enough to have sex? Twenty-five. I’m still not old enough.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? No, but I dated someone who was five years older than me, which I think is the perfect age difference. Ten years is too big a gap.


Kapeni Odo

Age 36

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Carpenter

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher? My math teacher, but I didn’t make any effort to let her know. I was happy to fantasize.

When are you old enough to have sex? At 15 or 16 you’re not mature enough. It’s statutory rape. You’re not in the right frame of mind.

Have you ever dated someone significantly younger or older? No, only three or four years. You have to be a teacher to someone younger, and that means having a lot of patience.

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