If you’re an avid reader of this blog, then you know that I am not much into politics, but this story about Representative Anthony Weiner has sparked my interest and gained some of my attention. But before I explain what interests me in the story, I’ll talk about the story itself and its recent developments. I now return you to your regularly scheduled post.
Representative Anthony Weiner’s downfall began a few weeks ago when he tweeted a “lewd” photo of himself to a female follower. Although the picture was promptly removed, it was on Twitter long enough for thousands of people to see it. When confronted about the picture by the media and others, Weiner stated that it was all a prank and that he was hacked. However, that was not case. Weiner had been using social networking sites such as Twitter and text messages to flirt and send lewd messages to women online. Some of these activites were done with “company” resources, meaning he used the computer and phone that were supposed to be used for official business.
Because of this, many people have been calling for Weiner to resign. The question is, will he? Although Weiner hasn’t formally or officially resigned, he has taken a short of leave of absence from Congress to seek treatment. Despite this, there are rumors going around that Weiner’s decision will be known within a few days.
The monkey wrench in all this is that Weiner has been married less than a year and his online promiscuity has been in full swing for at least three years. Do the math. He’s been carrying on these activities before and during his marriage to Huma Abedin (aid of Hilary Clinton). The monkey wrench in the monkey wrench? Abedin is pregnant.
Let’s take a moment to look at things from Abedin’s point of view. She’s been married to Weiner for less than a year and finds about his online activities through the media and not her husband. In the midst of all this, she’s pregnant. Your heart can’t help but go out to her. Your first pregnancy is supposed to be a happy one, not one filled with stress and heartache. In addition, how do you react to finding out from strangers that your husband has been lying to you? How can a marriage so long survive in the midst of such chaos? Despite all this chaos, she still manages to stand by her husband’s side and continues to keep it together.
Now back to Weiner. Legally speaking, Weiner did nothing wrong. (Although one could argue that he should resign on the basis that he misused “company” resources and acted inappropriately.) However, Weiner’s behavior was definitely immoral. Although he didn’t physically cheat on his wife, sending lewd photos and messages doesn’t exactly amount to fidelity. Although has said he never meant to hurt his wife with his behavior, it was bound to in one way or another.
Although it’s unfortunate to see the Representative fall from grace in such a way, it brings up a variety of issues concerning relationships, morality and the boundaries that are often crossed, blurred, or ignored online. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.