[Santana] could be very mean to Puck but not constantly because they pretty almost never interacted after Season 1 but there was a reason he loved Lauren for beating her so badly.
Santana was never really mean to Puck, considering. Unlike Finn or Sam, she never seemed to loathe him for having dated/slept with him. She tried to sabotage his relationships, but that was not revenge or the desire to hurt him, but rather "this is my toy, and I don't want to play with it until one of the other kids picks it up." She's never hurled insults at him or singled him out for ridicule the way she did Finn and Sam (and just about everyone else in the club.) The worst she's said was that she was dumping him because his credit scores are low (ouch?) and that she was not turned on by his whining. Which for Santana is astonishingly mild. Her only other comments about Puck have been complimentary. Most of the time she ignores him.
Still, I have always thought the double standards with Puck or Karofsky were worse than with Finn. Puck was always treated as a lovable rougue and mostly accepted once he was in the group. He didn't really have to make up for past sins (which were more violent) the way Quinn and Santana did even in senior year by giving away prom queen. And you could argue Santana still is. That isn't to say Quinn and Santana don't have anything to make up for, of course. But Puck was far more vicious and cruel and continued to be a bully to almost the end of season 1 when he was dating Mercedes and stil throwing kids in dumpsters.
Karofsky's crimes were white-washed, but I don't agree that Puck's were. In fact, I remember thinking and making the point that Karofsky's quick turnaround was in stark contrast to Puck's slow one. Back in Season 1 when Puck was still ostensibly bullying outside the club for a while, he was also not popular within the club. In fact, he had no friends, especially once he lost Finn as well, and the only people he interacts with for most of that season are Quinn (his baby mama) and Rachel (who was using him.) When he dates Mercedes there's an implication that he actually hasn't been bullying in a while but that the loss of his mohawk and getting dumpster-tossed causes him to act out and go back to his old ways. Mercedes calls him on this, and the impression I get is that he stopped after that (other than acting out again after he came back from juvie, but that was a cry for help.) He has certainly expressed remorse about it on numerous occasions, most recently in "Goodbye" when he admitted he was an ass for most of High School and felt bad about it. I can’t recall either Quinn or Santana ever doing anything of the sort.
In any case, it's true that when Puck joined glee club he should have apologized to Artie and Kurt for previous bullying (as should Quinn and Santana and Brittany to those they bullied), but at the very least Puck stopped bullying anyone in the club as soon as he joined. Yeah, Puck can be snarky, but the only person he regularly takes the mickey out of is Finn, and that's best-bro ribbing. He's left everyone else alone since joining the club, and I can't think of one nasty thing he's said or done to any of them since then (not counting the "raw dog a beehive" stuff with Quinn, but that was personal and not bullying.) This is a very key difference between him and Santana that I think goes beyond their genders -- Santana was a bully within the glee club for another two years. Her insults and schemes were not always harmless. They were mean and they hurt people. And that's why they didn't like her. Puck apologized, sincerely, to Rachel back in Season 1, episode 8 (something I believe Santana and Quinn have never done), and after that he slowly slowly started showing signs of having changed; quitting bullying, standing up for the club and the people in it, and actually making friends. He also had everything he's done (multiple dumpster tosses, slushies, beaten up by the football team and at juvie, locked in a porta-pottie -- overnight! -- verbal and physical bullying by Rick the Stick) karmically come back on him, and each time he took his licks and it led to growth. I would say the trials he went through were harsher than Santana and Quinn making the choice to give up being prom queens when they realized they no longer wanted it. Although I'd say Santana's real trial came when Finn outed her as that was more directly related to her bullying and pushing him until he snapped. (Which was not ok for him to do, of course.)
As for Quinn, I don't believe she was ever really called to task for her mean-girl bullying, and the club voraciously embraced her and lavished support on her during her pregnancy, even though she had never been nice to any of them ever. I don't think she's ever been made to apologize or take responsibility for it. Certainly not by Rachel who repeatedly tripped over her own feet to be Quinn's friend. Giving up prom queen to Rachel was...more about the specific issues between her and Rachel and all the PROM QUEEN crap when she was dating Finn. She sure as hell never had to apologize for her stint with the skanks in which she engaged in bullying and giving swirlies to kids to extort money from them. Quinn has had many trials of her own (many, many), but I can't say they were directly related to her bullying and therefore felt like some kind of punishment in the way all of Puck's crimes came back to haunt him.
I think the show has gender issues, but I honestly don't think the "paying for bullying" is one of them.
Puck to a small degree with Quinn. Except Quinn is not going to play that game for long. You can sppon her but in the morning she is going to be stealing a baby no matter what yo have to say.
Puck's "saving" of Quinn in that horror of an episode was annoying as hell, but at least Quinn got to pay it forward and be a hero by saving him with a speech and a Princess Charming kiss in "Goodbye."
Edited by SNeaker, May 8, 2013 @ 7:25 AM.