August 29th, 2016
Yesterday was show-your-breasts day for women. But it seems every day is show-your-dick day for Anthony Weiner, the former New York City Mayoral candidate and congressman for New York’s Ninth District, who resigned from Congress in 2011 due to a sexting scandal.
The New York Post reports that Weiner has once again been doing whatever the portmanteau of tweeting and sexting is, this time with a 40-something woman who also happens to be a Trump and NRA supporter.
This latest incident seems disturbing both because it shows Weiner’s sheer persistence in doing something that he must, on some level, know will be publicly revealed—we’ll leave it up to you whether you want to call it “addiction”—and also because it involves a creepy sort of self-centered disregard for his four-year-old son.
According to the woman, who spoke to the Post anonymously and provided evidence, the Twitter direct-message sexts happened last July. They involved Weiner sending his signature-style photos of him in his underwear; the woman sent pictures of herself in lingerie.
In the midst of one exchange, Weiner reportedly wrote: “Someone just climbed into my bed.”
“Really?” the woman responded.
Weiner then sent a picture of himself lying in bed, with bulging white boxer briefs, and his son cuddled up to his left. Moments later, he wrote: “Ooooooh . . . I was scared. For half a second I thought I posted something [to his public Twitter feed]. Stop looking at my crotch.”
He was forced to resign from Congress in 2011 for “accidentally” posting a similar picture publicly rather than in a private message. But maybe the whole point is that some part of him actually wants the world to see the real Weiner.
Whatever combination of addiction, loneliness, self-sabotage, or narcissism caused this, it’s striking that Anthony Weiner seems not to have sought a therapeutic program to deal with, or at least give the appearance of dealing with, his compulsion to sext in extraordinarily risky ways. (The couple has talked about being in couples’ therapy, but Weiner hasn’t mentioned individual counseling). Now he seems to have lost his marriage as well as his job.
But what took his wife so long? Perhaps, as Lynn Paramore posited for The Influence, Abedin had her own compulsion to stay with a narcissistic man. Or perhaps they really loved each other.
Hopefully Weiner will get the attention he seems to be desperately crying out for—in the form of some help and support. And please, no one teach him how to use Snapchat.