I was appalled to read Peter Leapman's response (Letters, January 7) to Meg Barker's article on sexism and sexual relationships between lecturers and students (Soapbox, December 10).
His letter read like a judicial decision on a rape case from the Sixties ("she was wearing a short skirt; she was asking for it"). If anything, Barker's personal expertise and research into non-traditional consensual sexual relationships would make her more qualified to comment on issues regarding sexual relationships and power imbalances. Responses such as Leapman's show the all-too-real discrimination faced by people of alternative sexualities when they have the courage to express them.
Does he think middle-aged lecturers cheating on their wives with their nubile young students is a superior moral stance to responsible, fully consensual non-monogamy?
Melanie F. Wright