By Jessie Fano
I didn’t really want to write anything about Weiner’s weiner. I mean, how stupid can a guy get? But, this idea wouldn’t leave me alone: ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner is stupid, not perverted.
I don’t know how a public figure could be so idiotic as to conduct extra-marital flirtations in a public forum under his own name (sheesh!), but let’s be specific about Weiner’s stupidity – it was public. And in being public it left him open to political scandal and shame.
I believe that what Weiner did with his weiner would have been entirely cool and normal in private and with the consent of all the adults involved. (Factual note: it’s unclear if his poor wife had any knowledge of his escapades and it looks like the “sixteen year old girl” turned out to be a hoax.)
I don’t necessarily consider what he actually did – sharing nude and provocative photos of himself and/or wearing women’s lingerie (if you can believe the National Enquirer) – particularly scandalous in their own right.
Sexy imagery is a turn-on for many adults and so is “dressing up” and other kinds of fantasy play. Out of context, slapped on a TV or computer screen with “Breaking News!” over it though can look pretty strange – I’ll grant you that – but so would most of the things you or I do to get ourselves and our lovers turned on.
I hate that the media has such a heyday with “pervert Weiner” because it just increases the anxiety the rest of us have for anything but the friggin’ missionary position. Don’t we have enough hangups in our culture around sex? Can’t we get over the fact that what turns you on and me on might be different – and both are ok?