When Anthony Weiner was exposed for showing his “Little Oscar” in a text message, the press had a field day.
Granted, a lot of it was because of his name and the all-too-obvious puns, but a lot of it has to do with our double standard we have in this country. We live by one standard and are incensed by the invasion of privacy when someone talks about our sexual adventures, but for politicians, it’s open season!
Now let me clarify something. I am not talking about closeted public servants who actively work to suppress the rights of one sexual minority while secretly engaging in the same practice. Because of their hypocrisy I think that makes them fair game. The same holds true for candidates who claim high moral ground, opining about the “sanctity of marriage” and parade under the banners of “family values,” only to engage in serial affairs and get caught with their pants down, sometimes literally!
I am talking about this illusion we have that our politicians are somehow above sex. We as a country seem to believe that sex is some sort of dirty activity and politicians should be chaste. We treat them like priests, but if recent news shows anything, even priests are not chaste.
The whole thing boils down to our country’s strange attitude toward sex in general. We can’t seem to talk about it like adults and we treat the subject with snide remarks or adolescent humor rather than take it seriously. The truth is we are all engaging in sex one way or another, so what is the big deal?