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Re: a commentary in the New York Times by Susan Jacoby on the would-be mayor of the city of New York Anthony Weiner and a rationalization on why his women are not victims and should be held to the same standard as Weiner himself. 
 
Women who engage in this sort of sexual activity have had their expectations lowered and are even more in the shadows than ever -- electronic shadows. No more looking for Mr. Goodbar -- now it's "Looking for Senor Danger." I mean, look at the news. Women who say "NO" to sex in our society get killed, raped, punched in the mouth or blacklisted by insiders with entitlement like Weiner, Spitzer and the rest. This mode of sex is safer and you can always click it off. Is this what
the burning of bras has led to? All that sacrifice? 
 
In a real love affair, you can say NO, but these liaisons are not such things. In power games, it's always the powerful -- physically or realistically -- that pray on the POWERLESS. They prey on interns, or the women who must sell their bodies for money to survive, or the unentitled -- the maids, the factory workers, the young mothers, and all those women who have a difficult time climbing the survival ladder.
 
And if anyone thinks this sort of anonymous web encounter is liberating, think again. Where are these women placed in the power structure of our society -- running anything? In charge of any sort of public responsibility or high paying job? Running for office anywhere? That's why these women are not held to the same standard. 
 
Migdia Chinea UCLA MFA School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media - Screenwriting/Directing 2012 - WGA member.
July 31, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
 

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