You know what? I’m not comfortable with mocking someone for their (lawful) sexual conduct like this – would Bill Maher or Jane Lynch or any of the people guffawing in the audience be willing to share transcripts of their sexual encounters with the rest of us?
Of course it’s laughable out of context – much sex talk is. (And I defy anyone who disputes that to produce a transcript of their last encounter for public analysis.)
And maybe Weiner isn’t a particularly good husband to his new wife – but so what? Is he a holier-than-thou hypocrite who pushes forward legislation that punishes adulterers? Or does his legislative record stand as consistent with a recognition that people’s private lives are just that? If so, then where’s the hypocrisy? How’s it anyone else’s business apart from him, his wife, and the other woman?
I know I’m supposed to be laughing at how silly Weiner’s sex talk sounds in the cold light of day – but the self-righteousness inherent in the prurient mockery makes me cringe.
PS Alright, let’s test this in reverse. How would I react to, say, a Tony Abbott sex tape?
Since he runs on a “sanctity of marriage” platform that seeks to keep marriage away from same sex couples because they Just Won’t Do It Right, I could perhaps see some relevance there of his hypocrisy. But even then… so what? So his private conduct isn’t consistent with his higher principles – does that mean they’re wrong, or just that he’s weak? (They are wrong, but it’s not a strong argument either way whether Tony personally lives up to them or not.) Okay, I admit that I’d be curious as a member of the public to read a description of it… but that doesn’t mean its release would be in the public interest. My curiosity doesn’t automatically make something my business.
Why must “willing to have sex life raked over by media” be a qualification for a member of parliament? If you’re not willing to do that, you can’t appropriately representative constituents in voting for or against legislation? Really? Are the only people we want voting on our laws virgins and exhibitionists?