Thank you, Washington Post! I just came across an article titled Why the Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger scandals don’t go together

I’m not sure any witty comment I would make can add to this clear and concise analysis so I’ll just quote my favorite part.

When a term such as “sex scandal” is used to describe behaviors running the gamut from the politically irrelevant to the legally actionable, I’d say we’ve got a problem. And the weird accident of timing here reveals how badly we still confuse consensual if illicit sex with violence against women.

I think if the religious right would realize that adultery, although unfortunate, is unbelievably common and not a crime (other than against God, I suppose, if you believe in that sort of thing) then they could more clearly recognize the real crimes against women. I look forward to my move to London where I believe they have a much more appropriate opinion about sex. Adultery is immoral not because it’s sex, but because it involves lying to someone that you promised not to lie to. Sexual assaulting someone is immoral AND a crime because you victimized another person and removed their right to say what can happen to their body.

Next quote:

We may hem and haw about the immorality of the act in question, but usually the real affront is the deception — the fact that someone presented himself one way in public but acted a different way in private. There’s humiliation, hurt, perhaps hypocrisy and reputational damage.

Now I do agree that the news should cover an adulterer who is trying to tell other people what they can and can not do in own bedrooms and bodies (e.g., anti-marriage equality, anti-choice) because that’s about hypocrisy. But if someone does NOT set themselves up as a paragon of morality, then anything they do with other consensual adults should be their own business.

 

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