When I worked for the airline, there were a lot of FAA rules that I had to follow. These changed regularly. It was my job to know what they were and implement them. The one thing the airline itself required was that no employee do anything to tarnish its name. For example, one of our ground crew posed for Playboy (actually several employees did, but we’ll use her as an example), but she didn’t do so in her uniform. As long as she didn’t have her uniform on, the airline didn’t care what she did in her spare time. It was all about perception. And considering I used to work for the airline that had flight attendants wear hot-pant back in the day, you can imagine what ‘perception’ they were going for. Now I loved my job and the company. It was a great place to work. I’d wager it still is, but I couldn’t imagine being pulled aside and having my job threatened because I decided to write erotic romances on my days off. (Hmm…thinking about it, I was writing those on my days off. *grin) I also couldn’t imagine the company worrying about my extra curricular activities affecting my ability to do my job professionally. We’re not talking about showing up drunk on the plane or taking drugs, we’re talking about what someone does in their spare time. And this particular someone cared enough about her profession to use a pen name, so there would be no conflict. I’m not sure what else she could’ve done.
That’s why when I see things like what is happening to author Judy Mays, it makes my skull bleed. No one should be OUTED. Whether they’re gay, straight, or an erotic romance author. I find it strange that a ‘journalist’ (and yes, I’m using the term loosely, since I don’t believe a true journalist would bother writing this story) would write a salacious article that could destroy the career of an english teacher with 25 years under her belt just because the woman writes erotic romances in her off hours. The fact that a few parents have jumped on the bandwagon to bully her into either quitting writing or quitting teaching only makes it worse. Aren’t there laws cracking down on bullies these days? The
sad funny thing is, some of the concerned parents have confused erotic romance writing with pedophilia. Blink. Blink. Blink. Yeah, I’m totally baffled by that one and a little frightened. Makes me kind of think someone should’ve perhaps researched the subject before they commented, not to mention looked up the definition of pedophilia. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Judy. From all accounts, she’s been a fantastic teacher. I can’t imagine losing my favorite teacher just because his lifestyle/passions didn’t gel with the majority of the community. (And believe me, there was a LOT of shit going on at my high school. Stuff that makes Judy’s ‘indiscretions’ seem like, well, child’s play.) Schools need every good teacher they can get their hands on. I really hope that calmer minds prevail. I thought we’d gotten past witch hunts, but obviously not.
Now I’m going to go workout so I can get rid of some of this ‘journalistic taint’.