Politically Erect

Given the popular support that billionaire Donald Trump continues to receive in the polls on the run-up to party nominations, it comes as no surprise that the adult industry would select him out of the 17 Republican candidates to immortalize. That’s right. There’s going to be a Donald Trump porn parody.

It’s been nearly twenty years since the affair happened, sixteen since it exploded in 1998. For too long Monica Lewinsky has been tied to the Clintons and the blow job. It’s time we recognized that she deserves a life as something other than a political football — perhaps even as a human who is much more than an ill-advised affair she had while she was in her early twenties.

Monica Lewinsky is back, and on her own terms, in an essay for the magazine Vanity Fair. It took us a long time to get here — the relationship she writes about, with former U.S. president Bill Clinton happened in 1995, when she was 21. It’s been nearly twenty years since the affair happened, over fifteen since it exploded in 1998 — what’s she after? More importantly, is that the right question to be asking?

Traditionally, the butt plug has been used to stimulate the rectum for sexual pleasure, but Florida artist Fernando Sosa wants to repurpose it as a tool of dissent. A week ago, Sosa unleashed on the world a plug based on Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Initially, Sosa wanted to use his 3-D printer to make a voodoo doll, but he determined that casting Putin as an object representative of the thing he considers most corrosive to Russian society was the better bet.

“We want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex life scandals and plain blackmail when they should be catching criminals,” worried Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States. Of course, he had a hand in creating what would become the National Security Agency, or NSA. It’s been over a century since the country began formalizing its intel-gathering aparatus, but we’re still seeing similar tricks.

“Why does having a sexting affair with a married man or even doing porn make someone a ‘bad person’?” Sydney Leathers asks. “I enjoy my sexuality, and it doesn’t make me anything other than what I am.” Leathers says that her involvement with Anthony Weiner was an experiment, within an experiment — with more experiments to come. Earlier this week, the text-mistress of the New York City mayoral candidate came out with a column, a Vivid film and more. The web has been busy trying to assign meaning to it. Why? Not sure.

You can’t go anywhere online without reading something about New York City’s mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner’s refusal to give up sexting even after it cost him his congressional seat. What you don’t see a third as often is that San Diego’s mayor, Bob Filner, is currently being accused — by nine different women — of sexual harassment. I suppose I should be encouraged that people find stories about a guy sexting with apparently consensual playmates more appealing than one about a guy who tells female employees to come to work without wearing panties.

I have no interest in shaming Trey Radel for his sexy URLs. I support the purchase of domains with the intent to create adult content, whether for profit or fun. What bothers me about this story is seeing someone exploiting sex for profit while supporting a platform that, under the guise of “family values,” shames sexual self-expression and reviles anything that doesn’t fit the heterosexual, monogamous binary idea of a relationship. That infuriates me. It’s typical, commonplace, even, but it gets me every time.

During the drawn-out investigation, one of the Madam’s girls disclosed that Edwards had had a one-nighter with her while he was in the Big Apple in 2007 raising money for his presidential campaign. She provided a very detailed account of the tryst and investigators found her claim credible, especially after substantiating that Edwards was in New York at the time the woman claimed to have indulged him.

“I always say repression breeds obsession,” McCain tells Playboy in her interview. “Politicians have to be goody-goodies. They put on this face of perfection and pretend they’re completely above indiscretion. But the more you deny your sexual side, the more it builds up and comes out in inappropriate ways.”