I love that the discussion has now turned to whether Paul Stanley’s intern/mistress is a dirty slut. As if there’s some “dirty slut” get-out-of-trouble-free card?
“Oh, yeah, Stanley abused his position of power and proved himself to be a hypocrite by trying to legislate morality for the rest of us while he was busy acting like his employees were also potential concubines, but don’t you see, Tennessee? She was a dirty slut.”
“Oh, well, then. Carry on, Stanley.”
As if girls who carry on with blackmailers normally have such unsullied reputations?
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I know there usually is a get-out-of-trouble-free card if you can prove the girl you got in trouble with is a dirty slut. That’s one of the reasons the howling on this thing is so loud. It used to be and often is still the case that a man with a little power and authority could use that to get access to women who otherwise would not give him the time of day and if he crosses the line a little bit, if it becomes more coersion than seduction, he just reveals that she’s a dirty slut and everyone agrees that it was probably just a misunderstanding or that she really wanted it or that she deserved it and life goes on.
And when folks discover that the “dirty slut” revelation works on less and less of the population? That the old rules, that they all agreed to and used to their benefit, don’t work as well as they used to?
Well, of course there’s some complaining.
That’s to be expected.
But here’s the weird thing, Tennessee, and the thing you ought to ask yourself. As far as I can tell, Morrison’s not saying she was coersced into anything with Stanley. It seems to have been consentual. And we already know that she runs around with married men and cavorts with blackmailers, so it’s not like the sanctimonious church crowd didn’t already have moral character issues to cluck about.
So, why is it so important to air her dirty laundry now? Why is it necessary to show that, if you get caught running around with a legislator, your whole life is up for public examination and that everyone will know your dirty business?
The TBI is already involved. It’s too late for Morrison to keep her mouth shut.
So, why’s it necessary?
Whose mouths exactly need to be kept shut?
Times like these make you with there were women reporters on the Hill.