In (Partial) Defense of Eliot Spitzer

by Tristan Taormino the Village Voice

When news of Eliot Spitzer’s link to a prostitution agency first broke, “Why Do Powerful Men Cheat?” stories sprang up all around us, from morning shows to the nightly news. Within the framework of the cheating-husband narrative, no one made the distinction between employing a sex worker and having an affair with a “civilian,” except to emphasize that Spitzer cheated and broke the law. I think a distinction should be made about his choice of sex partner. When someone cheats with a civilian, he usually spends more time on courtship than between the sheets: There are text messages, e-mails, phone calls, secret rendezvous, whispered sweet nothings, gifts, even romantic dates. When someone hooks up with a sex worker, while some of those elements may be in play, they are a lot less likely to be part of the equation.

Melissa Gira Grant (melissagira.com), a reporter, sex worker, and sex-workers’ rights activist, says: “Some men go to sex workers for closeness and intimacy—they want to cuddle, and that’s what they are not getting at home. But for others, it’s not emotionally therapeutic at all, it’s the same as getting a deep sports massage.”

One Response

  1. “In one of Eliot Spitzer’s last scandalous actions on March 7, 2008, Brandon Sall; a haughty campaign donor to Spitzer’s campaign with zero recognizable experience in either politics or transportation was bestowed an appointment to the New York State Thruway Board.

    We, the undersigned request that the appointment of Brandon R. Sall, a wholly unqualified party to the New York State Thruway, be refused by the New York Senate.

    We do not support pay to play politics.

    It is our hope that current governor Paterson should appoint an individual of esteem, intellect and appropriate experience be appointed to the existing vacancy on the New York State Thruway Authority Board.”

    SIGN THE PETITION HERE:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nobrandon/index.html

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