Public service/private lives: never the twain shall meet?

Why is it that so many male politicians seem to be lascivious little boys who think that their various and sundry salacious acts will remain private?

Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Anthony Weiner.

And it’s not just confined to Americans — recently there’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Silvio Berlusconi, an ongoing embarrassment for Italians for both political and personal reasons.

Perhaps we should start by asking why so many people men in power seem to have such a hard time (no pun intended) behaving themselves.

A recent New Yorker article points out that women politicians have their share of sex scandals, too, and lists nine examples. Particularly telling is the fact that four of them date from previous centuries, one of them involved a videotape of the female politician in question, (Chu Mei-Feng, councilwoman for Taipei), having sex with her husband, and another is a woman whose husband had purchased pornographic films using her parliamentary account. Hardly seems to fit in the same category. Plus, is it really such a slow news week that the editorial staff at the New Yorker decided this was worth reporting? Maybe that’s an even more important topic. Discuss?




2 Responses to “Public service/private lives: never the twain shall meet?”

  1. June 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m sure you’re completely correct in suggesting that female politicians don’t leave a trail of sex-related crimes and misdemeanors.

    I don’t know much about women, but I would think that this is a gender difference at all levels of society. We hear more in the media about the men in power (even in the New Yorker, I expect), but that doesn’t mean the problem is confined to that group. Even us members of the lower order of society should be beware of casting first stones.

  2. June 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I suppose they’re trying to give women equal time. But those examples seem pretty insipid. A woman having sex with her husband? As a friend of mine used to say (tongue in cheek), “How rude!”. 4 of those examples date from previous centuries?! Who are they trying to kid? It’s the men who can’t keep it in their pants, physically and metaphorically. While it’s a well known phenomenon, the question for me comes back over and over, “Why are we electing these types of people?” Really, it’s our fault for falling again and again for these smooth liars — we seem to like the guys who can dish the blarney and when they are exposed as liars we get disappointed and want to throw them out of office. Which is fine, but we accepted their bullshit in the first place.

    We’ve either got to accept our politicians with a few flaws and elect them anyway, or we should stop screaming when they are exposed as the lying, pussy hounds they invariably turn out to be.

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