P.S. Regarding Wolf on Weiner

I’ve heard from dozens of readers regarding my previous post, mostly quite positive, and encourage others to weigh in—no democracy can exist without healthy debate, in my opinion.

Two points I’d like to clairify:

1) Whatever happens to Rep. Weiner professionally ought to be a matter for his constituents to decide, not the right-wing rabble and Democratic Party hypocrites who care about nothing beyond maintaining their own power and position.

He didn’t break any laws, to my knowledge, he simply acted like a sexist scumbag—hardly worse than voting for wars, defending imperialism and promoting policies that benefit the wealthy while providing a progressive veneer for their support—Weiner’s specialty. Women who vote for him knowing what he is now are like workers who vote for corporate tools, they would be supporting a politician who acts against their interests.

2) Some of the women he sexted and engaged with in photo philandering were happy to flirt with him. Fine, whatever two (or six) adults engage in willingly among themselves is up to them.

Though I would remind readers, he didn’t meet these women we’ve read about via dating or other such sites, but through his professional cyber presence. My article simply elucidates a point of view regarding his inability to take women seriously as intelligent beings.

Yes, we are all sexual beings, just not with everyone we encounter 24/7 in person or online.

2 responses to “P.S. Regarding Wolf on Weiner

  1. Matthew Denney

    Hey Sherry,

    Just wanted to let you know I agree with your perspective on this as laid out in the original post. There’s no contradiction between supporting the right of people to flirt and (gasp!) send sexual pictures to each other online, but opposing people who target their employees, students, co-workers, etc for such ‘flirtation’ on a regular basis. With straight men it’s inherently tied to misogyny, and even with gay men it’s part of the exploitative use of power and privilege that some carry and most don’t. Now, that doesn’t mean that I would think the same of *all* relationships that occur in such a context – but a repeated pattern like the one demonstrated here does point to a case of a guy using his power for the purpose of gaining sexual leverage. And as a Marxist, I’m opposed to *anyone* using their power within the system for exploitative purposes. Period.

  2. He didn’t break any laws, to my knowledge, he simply acted like a sexist scumbag—hardly worse than voting for wars, defending imperialism and promoting policies that benefit the wealthy while providing a progressive veneer for their support

    As far as I’m concerned he’s guilty of harassment, regardless of politics, and whether or not he was charged. What he was using was Twitter to communicate with his constituency, not a Yahoo chatroom so he could operate anonymously.

    As with the other comment I made, I will add this link that includes the interview with the victim:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015269311_weinerpattern09.html

    I also believe this other blog post is something everyone should consider. I may not agree with everything he says in his blog, but I do believe this point is something we all need to consider:

    …Everyone, including myself, can display cognitive dissonance when something challenges one’s preferred ideological narrative. I’m sure there’s been equivocation and omissions when my pet ideas and people run into difficulty.

    I agree this scandal is indeed a very minor one, sexual repression is driving part of the interest, it is being misused for political gain and involves both a charismatic advocate of progressive issues and a detestable right wing ratfucker.

    Yet this doesn’t justify how some casually disregard issues they’d otherwise emphasize, especially as some called out Naomi Wolf for similar moral revisionism. You don’t get to denounce IOKIYAR while ignoring the dick in your own eye.

    http://fengi.livejournal.com/1247518.html

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