Feeling Conflicted About Matt Gaetz’s Sex Scandal

Congressman Matt Gaetz

I viewed the New York Times‘ report about Matt Gaetz’s sex scandal with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, I am glad to see the political career of Gaetz, a despicable figure and “Trump ally,” coming to an apparent end.  His toadying, pandering, and posturing on behalf of far-right-wing political fantasies are loathsome, and maybe his…

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The Metaphorical Death of Larry Flynt

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In the outpouring of obituaries following Larry Flynt’s death, one point has not been made: Flynt was once far ahead of the country.  And then the country outraced him. Hustler’s Working-Class Origins Flynt grew up in dirt-poor Kentucky and, after years in the Navy and at factory jobs, he carried within him the sentiments of…

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Strange Bedfellows, Indeed

What do a deputy sheriff and a porn star have in common? I’ll get to the sheriff’s deputy in moment.  But first,  let’s talk about Ron Jeremy. The Case of Porn Star Ron Jeremy This is not meant in any sense to be en exculpation of porn star Ron Jeremy, who is very famous and…

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The Sex Toy Industry Is Better Than Michael Morrison

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  I don’t want to criticize Atlanta and its suburbs,  which have given Michael Morrison such a hard time, as prudish or retrograde.  We recall that, in the recent US presidential elections, Atlanta has emerged as a bastion of liberalism, and Joe Biden carried Georgia!  So, in Georgia, they must be doing something right.  It’s…

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Where Do the Legs Go?

where do the legs go

It’s hard to tell who gives more awful sex advice: the media or the experts.   Much of the media’s depiction of sex seems directed at 14-year-olds, who can’t figure out where the legs go.  The experts seem completely hung up on making people feel good about themselves, which is not really the name of…

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer Seems Out of Touch

Advice for the 1950s

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who fled Germany in 1938 as an orphan of the Holocaust, is very much a child of the twentieth century.  But why is she answering viewers’ questions about sex in the age of the coronavirus on CNN? How is she still relevant? A Voice of the 1950s Dr. Ruth has made her…

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The Media Hothouse of Sanctimony and Jeff Toobin

Media Hothouse of Sanctimony

Joe Berkowitz’s prissy “Four Minute Read,” a Fast Company article called “I can’t believe we need to say this, but it’s never okay to masturbate during a work meeting,” unloads on Jeff Toobin as a kind of media-celebrity sex offender.  Berkowitz reminds us of the “unspoken precedent of never whipping your dick out during office hours.”…

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Jeffrey Toobin’s Crime of Masturbation

Jeffrey Toobin and the Zoom Call

The story of the downfall of Jeffrey Toobin because he was caught maturbating during a video call interests me, because not for the reasons you might expect. What’s fascinating to me is the reaction of his colleagues to Toobin’s behavior during this infamous Zoom call, not Toobin’s own colossal lack of judgment. A Colossally Ordinary…

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Humiliating Rudy Giuliani Is Just the Beginning

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The photo of Rudy Giuliani with his hand in his pants is a Currier and Ives miniature of the whole Trump mob with their hand in our pants.  The irony is just stunning. Giuliani went to this hotel room anticipating an hour (more like five minutes) of bliss. Who Will Cleanse the Sins of the…

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Prostitutes Have Fled De Wallen, Amsterdam

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De Wallen’s Problems It is unfortunate to see Amsterdam’s red light district, De Wallen, turn into a ghost town. COVID-19 is only part of the issue. The problem with De Wallen was that it made prostitution seem as if prostitution were degrading.  There were these provocative women, displayed in shop windows, one after another, as…

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