So the candidate for senator from Delaware says she is a chaste “virgin” who believes in abstinence and purity, yet went carousing and noodling with a young man who caught her fancy. She’s a hypocrite.
She’s also a die-hard, career right-wing woman who has made a living (such as it is) as a “professional conservative.” She’s been paid to publicly espouse her religiously-based views on chastity, homophobia, and abstinence as if it were a real form of birth control, while trying to run for office and therefore shape public policy with her votes in accord with those views.
The Jezebel/Feministe argument is that humiliating details about a woman (who is also a political candidate) and her sexual past is ‘slut-shaming.’ I agree. I’m of the unusual position that there’s altogether TMI these days. Everywhere. I’d really like to know a little less about many people, including Snooki. I don’t even watch tv and yet her deeply tanned self has seeped into my consciousness.
What I also agree with is that this TMI scrutiny has also applied to male philanderers/hypocrites where they reveal extreme dissonance between their professed beliefs and real-life actions. And yet–is anyone more grateful than I am that John Edwards’ seedy affair was exposed to the public BEFORE he could get anywhere near the Democratic nomination and do damage to us all with a scandal before or while he was in office? HUGE bullet dodged. I don’t enjoy the pain this must have inflicted on the family, but at the same time that is something John Edwards should’ve thought more carefully about before dragging his family through the mud and frankly, I’m not entirely convinced Elizabeth was all that well-served by reliving it in a book she published.
Is anyone more annoyed that according to some Republican Biblical teflon double-standard, Senator Mark Sanford, equally sleazy, is still in office? Why hasn’t he been hounded from his job as public servant with ample evidence of his hypocrisy?