Weiner Should Have Let it All Hang Out
At GMHC’s Mayoral Candidate Forum Focusing on HIV/AIDS, “Weiner was in the perfect position to illustrate how the public’s focus on sexting, instead of his record as a City Councilor and a member of the House of Representatives, was just one example of the stigma attached to sex that makes safer sex education, prevention campaigns, and getting people on treatment more difficult.
He was well poised to discuss sexting as a safer sex method, yet not without risks.
He was in a place where he could easily distance himself from his predecessors, such as Koch and Giuliani, whose puritan approach to sex not only cost people’s lives (in Koch’s case), but also gutted in the city (under Giuliani’s rule).
And, he was situated to establish himself as something we know him to be, and someone relatable - a sexual being.
While talking about sex could be seen as a political risk, the pay off for ushering in a frank discussion may be worth it.”