I have a somewhat unusual take on the recent slew of right-wing politico sex scandals -- David Vitter, Bob Allen, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, etc. etc. etc. -- over at the Blowfish Blog. The piece is called Right Wing Hypocrisy, or Why Sex Guilt Fucks Things Up For Everyone, and instead of just ranting about these folks' hypocrisy (although I do a certain amount of that as well), I ask the question:
Why are the the specific taboo sex acts they engage in so often the exact same ones they publicly campaign against?
Here's a teaser:
Admittedly, a big part of this pattern comes from the media focus. Hypocrisy in powerful public figures is big news, and I’m sure there's some cherry-picking in the coverage. After all, "Married Congressman caught with hookers -- and he campaigned on the sanctity of marriage!" makes great headlines. "Married Congressman caught with hookers -- and he voted to renew the Farm Bill!" isn't going to make headlines anywhere but the Surrealist Times.
But even given that, there's a precision to the match-ups between the public condemnation and the private behavior that seems like more than coincidence and media focus.
To find out what I think is behind this "preach in public against the exact things you're doing in private" pattern -- and why I find myself having a smidgen of compassion for these assholes -- check out the rest of the piece. Enjoy!