Written by Gary McCoy Writer for The Global Exclaimer
With Weinergate in full view, I found myself pondering an interesting thought. In this day and age of technology and the virtual world more prevalent than ever, do the same socialistic stigmas of who is and is not promiscuous still apply?
What made me question this is the young lady that Anthony Weiner was “sexting”. She said in an interview that she had several different virtual lovers out there. She had never met any of them personally and had never actually had the act of sex with any of them. I heard one commentator call her a “lady of the evening” (the other bad word) and thought to myself, “SELF, is she really a S***? After all, the traditional view of the town whore is not new and usually reserved for someone who sleeps with others in lust rather than be in a committed relationship. Say a Hester Prynne.
Can you even have a relationship with someone in the virtual world rather than the physical world? We hear of people who have never met other than online and fall in love. So by that same string of theory, someone who has multiple “partners” online could be considered promiscuous.
Then I started thinking about all the people I know on different forums and blogs and how I would regard them as friends and I really don’t know anything about them other than a screen name. It is very strange that in many aspects we do not have to actually physically know a person to feel a bond to them. So if we can have relationships with others with no physical contact or visual point of reference would 2 consensual adults “sexting” be considered another form of a literal sex act?
As we progress with technology I think we are going to have to define what is and is not considered a relationship, cheating, love, lust, and a gambit of other feelings that we have in the physical world.
- Actually, Anthony Weiner Sexted From His Congressional Office–And Had Phone Sex, Too (businessinsider.com)
- Meagan Broussard: I Sexted With Anthony Weiner Too! (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Anthony Weiner’s cybersex relationships: If it’s only online, is it still cheating? (slate.com)
- Lisa Weiss, Anthony Weiner Lewd Pic Recipient, Dishes on Online “Relationship” (thehollywoodgossip.com)