Sex, Politics And Hypocrisy: A Very Human Combination

Sex, Politics And Hypocrisy: A Very Human Combination

What do you call it when a politician who supports harsher punishments for prostitution-related crimes gets caught having sex with a prostitute? Calico calls it “Friday.”

WhiteHouse hypocrisy

Why is that “family values” type politicians are so often the ones caught with their pants down (literally)? Is it the stresses of the job? Does public office have a special appeal to hypocrites? Or could it be this sort of thing is common enough to just be par for the course for all of us, not just those we elect? Read all about it in Calico’s latest post, “Sex, Politics And Hypocrisy: A Very Human Combination” …

by Calico Rudasill, Porn For Women

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: Somewhere in America, a politician is being exposed as a hypocrite where sex is concerned.

To be fair, this sort of hypocrisy happens on Tuesdays quite a bit, too. And on Wednesdays and OK, probably every other day of the week too.

To be fair to all the randy pols out there, they aren’t unique in being hypocritical where sex – and sexual fidelity, in particular – is concerned.

Saying one thing and doing another (Hah! “Doing another;” get it?) when it comes to sex is as American as apple pie. Hell, considering a lot of people are allergic to apples, and others just don’t like pie, I’d say it’s even more American than apple pie.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do (My Various Partners)

Personally, I don’t care what (or who) consenting adults do in their private lives, so long as it’s all mutually enjoyable and nobody is getting hurt – unless they’re into getting hurt as part of their sexual fun, but that’s subject for a whole other post.

Sure, people shouldn’t cheat on their spouses, but given how common cheating is, if we’re going to get bent out of shape every time it happens, we’re not going to have time to get outraged over other, more important things, like aggravating Snapchat updates.

What pisses me off, and pisses off a lot of other folks too, is when a politician aggressively pushes a “family values” agenda in public, while privately leading a life which directly contradicts their public stance.

wes goodman hypocrisyTake the story of Rep. Wes Goodman linked to at the start of this post, for example. My strong hunch is if Goodman had been on record strongly supporting LGBTQ rights, the revelation he’d been caught in his office having sex with a man still would have been considered out of line (outside of porn stars and other sex workers, none of us are supposed to be fucking anyone in the workplace, after all), but there wouldn’t have been nearly as much internet ire raised by the incident.

Goodman’s public image, however, was as a “family man,” not just in the sense most of us love our families, but in the traditional, one-man-one-woman is what marriage is all about sense of being a “family man.”

“Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness,” Goodman’s website reads used to read, back before it was pulled down in the wake of the scandal. “The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.”

Sure, those things are worth pursuing and protecting, so long as a good, Christian, family-values type of guy can still get a little on the side from his secret boyfriend in the cozy confines of his taxpayer-funded office.

Cheating Is Shitty, Blackmail Is Criminal

The other thing which doesn’t help garner a just-caught-cheating politician any slack from the masses is when it emerges he (allegedly) tried to blackmail his lover into silence by going down the road to revenge porn.

To this point, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens merely stands accused of blackmailing his former lover (and is under investigation for such), not convicted of doing so. Still, when you lead your governing mission statement with a declaration like “we must end the culture of corruption” and reference your own stalwart, military-honed integrity every time someone sticks a microphone in front of your face, admitting to extramarital affairs with people who claim you took pictures of them and threatened to publish those pictures far and wide if they ever tell anyone about the affair is bound to raise a few eyebrows, even before the jury is selected, much less before it renders its verdict.

Ultimately, I don’t much care if Greitens cheated on his wife (if she can forgive him, which she says she has, who am I to hold a grudge?), but if he really used the threat of revenge porn to intimidate his former lover, then fuck that guy with a long, thick, heavily-barbed hook. Seriously.

Apart From Their Fame And Alleged Crimes, This Is Everyday People Stuff

As much as their hypocrisy bothers me, in my more reflective moments, I must admit the hypocritical aspect of stories like these is quite normal and quite human, too.

No area of life reveals our hypocrisy more than politics. I know women who are ready to burn at the stake a variety of republicans accused of groping women, with or without evidence to support the allegations, but who have concocted complex conspiracy theories to explain away the allegations which took down Al Franken.

At the same time, I’ve seen some folks from the Christian right, who are normally the most vocally judgmental of alleged sexual improprieties when the accused is someone on the left, who are openly admitting they’re giving Donald Trump a “mulligan” with respect to his many affairs, both confessed and denied.

Sorry apple pie; upon further review, you and baseball are now, at best, competing for second place in the category of “Most American Things.”


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