Thursday, June 9, 2011

Anthony Weiner ! Why do Politician's Show Theirs?

Anthony Weiner, the U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district, has been exposing himself  by sending pictures of his private parts to various women via his cell phone. He confessed this behavior publicly on June 6th adding his behavior to a long list of politicians who have participated in various similar activities over the last decade.

Many will discuss whether Weiner should have resigned or stayed in his Congressional seat.  The purpose of this post is not to discuss whether or not he should have resigned. Others may express their vitriolic opinions in response to this  subject.

The real question for people is why are there so many politicians falling prey to such career destroying behaviors? Well, the answers are complicated and vary between people. The behavior is similar to porn addictions and other forms of sex-ting.

For Politicians involved in these types of behaviors there are some commonalities that perhaps make them more prone to engage in such deviant activities. They come to Washington and are unable to mingle with the regular population. They are separated from family and significant others. This can contribute to feelings of isolation. Mix this with a sense of power and entitlement and you have a concoction for misbehavior.

With regards to Sex-Ting, Pew research did a report on Teens and Sex-Ting which stated,
“'Teens explained to us how sexually suggestive images have become a form of relationship currency', said Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist and author of the report. 'These images are shared as a part of or instead of sexual activity, or as a way of starting or maintaining a relationship with a significant other. And they are also passed along to friends for their entertainment value, as a joke or for fun.'” 

Which one of these reasons apply to Anthony Weiner, only he can answer but his actions have brought great disappointment to his constituents, wife, friends and family. He had the potential and conviction to go far in politics but he allowed his desires and juvenile antics to get the best of him.


Anonymous said...

People like Weiner are risk takers and showmen, otherwise they wouldn't make it in politics. As long as what they do isn't inconsistent with their politics, it is irrelevant to their job. As a liberal, Weiner can sleep with as many men and women as he likes as far as the voters are concerned, and there is no hypocrisy. Lying to the press about it was stupid, however, he should just have said "who I send pictures to is none of your business". Extramarital affairs and gay sex are only a problem for "Christian" and "family-oriented" politicians because of they hypocrisy.

sensible discussion said...

I'm not sure if it's that simple. Are we really saying that a person's character doesn't matter? If a person betrays others (like his wife) through his secretive behavior,isn't that a concern for voters? I take your point regarding Republican hypocrisy but should a politician's personal life have no bearing on his performance as a responsible governer? Maybe this issue deserves further reflection by Progressives.