Men Off Leash

I am introducing an occasional feature, Men Off Leash, to recognize particularly baroque examples of public sexual meltdowns. This is not a judgment about fitness for public office/celebrity adoration/collective opprobrium blah blah, so don’t get your back up. Just havin’ a little fun here!

Rules:

  • All genders eligible (but gender equity is not a feasible goal).
  • Garden variety infidelities and one-off poor judgments excluded.
  • Priority given to chronic offenders.
  • Bonus points for absence of self-awareness, betrayal of public trust, and/or extravagant hypocrisy.

This month’s commemorative medallion goes to – I’m shooting fish in a barrel here,  but humor me…

“Simple Swinger”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn for finding the time in his busy world leader schedule to be an alleged rapist and pimp. Mr. Strauss-Kahn is under investigation, most recently, for “aggravated pimping” in connection to a series of basement orgies he orchestrated with naked ladies he gallantly referred to as “luggage” and “equipment” in his procurement text messages but whose services he apparently didn’t understand required payment. I say let’s give him some extra credit for robust self-esteem! I mean, why would an elderly Viagra-fueled troll imagine in his wildest fantasies that young naked women wouldn’t be lining up gratis for what they later described as “bestial and violent” encounters resembling “cattle markets”?

But wait! His lawyer claims he is a much-maligned “simple swinger.” How could he possibly be expected to know the difference between a prostitute and a consenting orgy participant? (They all look the same undressed!):  Attorney Richard Malka noted that, “(DSK) declares with the greatest firmness (italics mine) that he is not guilty of any of these things and that he was never in the least aware that the women he met were prostitutes.”

Well, pardon-moi. And before anyone gets uppity about my anti-homme ranting etc., please refer to my blanket assertion of Man-Love here, and summarized as follows:

Disclaimer (insert in all current and future opinions): Yes, you are one of the MANY (!) millions of wonderful, caring men who respect womankind and fight for our rights. I am married to one. I am the daughter of one (an obstetrician, thank you). I am the mother of two. I am the friend and colleague and sister and sister-in-law of a bunch. I was only speaking about certain men. It’s hard to know how many. But probably only a  small handful who appear to wield disproportionate power, right?

Thank you. Let the nominations begin!

About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director and Harvard College house master/some-time journalist. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.
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