I have noticed that if male (straight) teachers interact / play with the boys, nothing much is made of it. If the male (straight) teacher interacts / plays with the girls, there is more pressure of "inappropriateness" looming right around the corner. Why this double-standard? To answer my own question, I understand that it has to do with genders. There seems to be more risk or inappropriateness if a male teacher is seen touching (ie. hug, holding hands, patting/rubbing the back or head) a girl, but to a boy it would pass as healthy affection. A straight male is naturally attracted to females so that is the "risk"? Reverse the genders and would it be the same if a female teacher (straight) was interacting / playing with girls, nothing much said of it, but if she was doing that with the boys, would there complaints of inappropriateness? It hardly seems to be equal in this regard. Now let me take it to another level. What if the male teacher is gay? Would people be more comfortable with this gay male teacher playing with the girls since he has no chance of being attracted by that gender in a sexual way, but more uncomfortable if he plays with the boys since the risk factor is present? It would be really great if there was a gay teacher on this forum who could share their experiences and tell us if the pressures for them are the same or different? As a gay teacher, do you feel more pressure to be "appropriate" near the boys because of what people might think?