Dear Pious Press: Weiner Isn't 'Sick,' He's Just Human
What he did is natural, and he's right not to resign: Dan Savage
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2011 12:38 PM CDT
Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves his press conference.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Not everyone is castigating Anthony Weiner: Sex columnist (and America's ethicist?) Dan Savage thinks Weiner is right not to resign over this mess. What's the great sin here? "Weiner was horny and went online," blogs Savage at the Stranger. "He created his own porn, his own interactive porn, like millions of other Americans have done, and continue to do, every damn day. And the Internet provided Weiner with the same thing it provides for tens of millions of other men in monogamous relationships: needed release, safe variety."

Note how reporters kept asking whether he would seek professional help. "This desire to pathologize behavior that isn't sick—that is, indeed, very common and human and completely and instantly understandable—is itself pathological," writes Savage. He praises the congressman for not using the easy I-have-a-problem-and-I'll-get-help line. "Weiner does not have a problem. He has a computer. The whole world has Weiner's problem: same old horniness, brand new box." Still no word whether Weiner's wife will be as forgiving.

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qt8625
Jun 8, 2011 5:39 PM CDT
Morally he disrespected his wife-to the people that had faith in him;he showed he can lie to your face without blinking. If he can lie this easily, how can you believe anything he says.
Sphinx
Jun 8, 2011 5:07 AM CDT
I don't know much about his politics, but I do know he's an asshole for making such a fool of his wife. But if we were to ask all the assholes to resign, no one would be left to run the country... or the world, for that matter. The world is run by assholes. I find that a lot more depressing than one loser flirting with other losers online.
YouLikeDont
Jun 7, 2011 11:56 PM CDT
Conservatives are always obsessed with dick.