As many of you have probably heard, Anthony Weiner (former democratic NY congressman, and current NYC mayoral candidate) has become implicated in another scandal that has caused a firestorm in the media, and seems to have negatively affected his campaign. Previously in 2011, he was involved in an initial scandal for the same reason, and resigned from his congressional post. (Source)
Basically, it appears that he engaged in some sexually explicit dialogue with women online, and sent some inappropriate pictures. Surprisingly, the focus this time has been on his wife – Huma Abedin. Many are wondering why she is standing behind this man after he has again become involved in this activity. Many people, both in politics and in the public, have urged him to step down from his campaign due to these controversies.
The reason I made this thread, is to get the opinion of people who roleplay. I am assuming that many people on this forum are married, and their spouses are very much aware of the fact that they write adult material both in a formal sense, as well as perhaps more casually through IM. While I can certainly understand that Weiner’s decision to send explicit pictures was pretty dumb, what is your opinion of his behavior? While from a political public relations perspective, his wife has to portray the image of a very traditional marriage, what is to say that within the context of their marriage, Ms. Abedin is completely okay with her husband chatting with other women purely online? (Similar to peoples' spouses on here being okay with roleplaying/chatting purely online). It is important to note that he never met any of the women in person, and all communication was limited to the internet and phone.
Nancy Pelosi recently stated that, “It is so disrespectful of women, and what's really stunning about it is they don't even realize, they don't have a clue.” (Source)
While I wholeheartedly agree that Mr. Weiner should have known better – especially since he is a public figure, should he really be demonized in this manner? I am struggling to understand how his behavior is disrespectful of women, especially since we are not aware of the details of his marriage. Perhaps similar to many married people on here, his spouse is aware of his behavior, and understands that it is in the context of online interaction and fantasy.
I’m just interested in getting your thoughts on this. Obviously sending the pictures was a really dumb thing to do, but it appears that much of this controversy centers on the his messages and communication. Clearly he should have learned his lesson the first time, but I'm just interested in getting your thoughts on the modern day 'ethics' of this behavior. For example, if someone on this forum were to run for public office in 5-10 years, and someone dug up their past roleplaying history on E, along with the fact that they were married, should they be under scrutiny?