Note: Most of this doesn’t really apply to Wu. ‘Cause he seems like a special breed of shitbag; hitting on his fund-raiser’s young daughter and apparently having a violent side.
I know this is nothing new or original and pretty much everyone remotely interested in politics asks the same thing. But still…
WHAT in god’s name is wrong with men?!?!?!??!
But something probably more worth contemplating… why is it everyone rags on politicians specifically? “Oh, big surprise, another scum bag politician has an affair”. I would actually make the argument that these affairs are not about working in politics, per se. Yes, politicians are more in the public eye so their blunders are more noticed…but I really think this type of behavior is fairly pervasive throughout the male gender in general (stick with me here; I’m not a bra burner).
I work in a doctor’s office and, without getting into specifics, let’s just say there have been a few dr’s in the community that have completely ruined their lives (and their family’s)…to the point they actually ended up in the local papers (and in one case, jail). And we all know actors cheat! Difference is, while they share the public eye, people don’t tend to have any sort of moral expectations for entertainers (we seem to keep forgiving Charlie Sheen & Lindsay Lohan?)… And we all know that business men can be as sleazy as they come- a mistress and some hookers AND a wife. And then there is the worst of the worst- athletes. Bret Favre? Tiger Woods?
Actually, from where I’m sitting, in my most humble of opinions, it really seems like whenever a man has a little bit of power or money, he’s gonna run with it and get him some ass. I’m really not saying that to condem men. I just get a little tired of hearing people whine about how corrupt politicians are, when I really don’t think they’re deviating too much from the norm of powerful men (speaking to adultery, in particular- they suck balls in so many other ways) <—I realized the irony of that using that particular phraseology only after the fact hahah.
Has anyone stopped to consider that maybe monogamy just isn’t the right fit for a large portion of the male population? If SO many of them are cheating- even ones with amazing wives at home- isn’t it possible that we’ve forced a social construct down their throats for no particularly good reason? But why stop there? I
would thinkknow there are women that are no more inclined to be monogamous than their male counterparts.
I’m not saying this to rain on the marriage parade (gay or straight). I know marriage/monogamy makes some people extremely happy. I guess my point is, why does EVERYONE have to adhere to that same standard?? Shouldn’t we- in 2011- have the right to express ourselves sexually? Think about it; really. How many single men/women make it to positions of high power in politics? Very few. We want our politicians to be married family people. So people with political aspirations make the leap, whether it’s the right personal decision or not. Inevitably, they are going to cheat. Or at least do something really stupid on Craigslist late on night.
I think as a society we’re a little too caught up in making sure our leaders fit into a predefined box- married with children, Christian, straight, etc, etc (having hair and being tall also help). Bill Clinton was a terrible husband but, (again, IMHO) he was a very good president. From what I’ve heard, Anthony Weiner was very well liked by his constituents, because he did right by them. He just wasn’t really digging the whole marriage gig. I’m not defending Anthony Weiner at all. I think he’s a scumbag- he lied way too much to be forgiven. But I guess I wonder- would he ever have gotten married if he didn’t feel like he had to? If not, it would have saved his poor wife a whole lot of heartache.
Haha to be completely honest, I’m not 100% sure where I’m going with all this. Guess we should just spend more time focusing on someone’s policy-making abilities rather than his/her sex life (again, not so much in Wu’s case-he sound like a legitimate bad guy). And we also need to stop pretending that people are all moral and lovely and monogamous except in Washington. Good & bad exists everywhere.