Archive for June 13th, 2011
Posted on June 13, 2011 - by Nurse Virginia
Why do people want so much to be noticed, even in a bad way? Weiner is just the flasher that used to run around in a trench coat. But now he and others are on the internet. Yes they get a bigger audience than just performing for the lone woman in the park. But what they don’t get is the satisfaction of the look of shock on the face of their audience.
Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson – all famous flashers, are not running through the park in a trench coat but are exhibitionists none the less. Guilty of indecent exposure, you bet. Exposing of a person’s privates as in the cases of the afore mentioned ladies, is nothing more than an attention seeking maneuver. I guess when you have nothing of interest to say, you have low self-esteem or you don’t really believe in your talent, you resort to exposing yourself.
Exposing yourself can also be a form of disrespect as in the case of the juvenile who “Moons.” But in the case of Congressman Weiner, although he is certainly guilty of juvenile behavior and judgment, this seems to be a problem of long duration. His motivation to expose himself to women via the internet seems on face value to be a sexual event. Was his intent to shock or titillate? He might not even know himself. He probably still wonders why he did it, and why he ruined the life it took years of hard work to achieve.
But who knows the public sometimes is very forgiving. Somehow everything on the internet seems to be more acceptable to the masses. I doubt if Congressman Weiner had been caught in a trench coat in Central Park (and hauled away by the police as a public nuisance) he would still have as many supporters.
Virginia Garberding, R.N.
Director of Education, The Wealshire, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Author: Please Get To Know Me – Aging with Dignity and Relevance