I don’t want to hear about it. Really. The sex lives of the rich, famous and powerful have become a staple in the news, but I’m ready to go back to the days when such things were only news if a law was broken. If the sex is non-consensual, involves a minor or has some real bearing on any official duties the folks involved might have, then OK.
I don’t want to hear about it. Really.
The sex lives of the rich, famous and powerful have become a staple in the news, but I’m ready to go back to the days when such things were only news if a law was broken. If the sex is non-consensual, involves a minor or has some real bearing on any official duties the folks involved might have, then OK.
Otherwise, this is a private family matter to be handled within the wrongdoer’s marriage or relationship.
I could list all the rich and powerful who have been caught in sex scandals, but I only have so much room in this column.
Suffice it to say that Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged rape of a hotel maid is newsworthy in that we’re talking about a serious crime. Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair was newsworthy not because he was cheating, but because as governor of South Carolina it was inexcusable to sneak off to Argentina without disclosing that he was actually leaving the country.
Politicians or other leaders who speak out against homosexuality and then are found to be having homosexual affairs are fair game. Most journalists agree that gay politicians who don’t spout off about homosexuality deserve to stay in the closet as long as they wish, which is why certain politicians’ homosexual orientations have not been openly disclosed in the news, even when the facts are widely known by the journalists who cover them. It’s nobody’s business unless they make it everybody’s business by saying one thing and doing another.
I think Bill Clinton was a good president but a lousy husband. His escapades with Monica should have been only Hillary’s problem.
If your name is not Mrs. Anthony Weiner, exactly why do you care that he was sexting? As long as it doesn’t turn out that he was sharing pics with minors, let’s please let his wife deal with this in the manner she feels is best.
There are many things worse than the apparently more-widespread-than-anybody-would-have-thought human sexual foibles, and one of them is hypocrisy. Anybody remember which current presidential candidate was having an affair of his own even as he spoke strongly against Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky? Here’s a hint: His first name is Newt and he’s on his third wife.
Besides rampant hypocrisy, there’s another problem with having the nation’s attention riveted by the Sex Scandal of the Day. It’s just cheap titillation, and if you’re overly entertained by all this, I’m not sure you should be quite so smug about your oh-so-superior morals.
Almost every human being has, or has had, or will have, a sex life. Most of us would like our sex lives to remain 100 percent private. Most of us will be able to do this. I’m guessing some fairly sizeable portion of the population has something or other in their past that they’d be very embarrassed to have spread all over the Internet, and fortunately for most of them “Local Restaurant Owner Herbert Jones Cheated On College Girlfriend One Night In 1982 After Drinking Entire Bottle Of Vodka At Frat Party” is not considered newsworthy. Not yet, anyway.
Which way do we want it to go? Do you really want to know what’s going on in everybody else’s bedroom? Do you want everybody to know what happens in yours?
Perhaps we could decently turn our heads away from these non-stop scandals and instead turn our attention to things like the national debt, the poor economy, the lack of jobs, high gas prices, the problems in the Middle East, the state of education and all the rest of the news that doesn’t involve sex.
I know, sex scandals are much more interesting. But in most cases other people’s sex lives are none of our business.
Now, about the economy. …
Michelle Teheux may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.