a commenter is puzzled why i keep finding articles like the one about hager.
the answer is not just one thing.
one, i have a sick sense of humor. the fact that a guy who writes a book for women called 'as jesus loved women' (or something like that) and then it seems he paid his own wife for back door action, divorces her after accusing her of being crazy and seems to be guilty of marital rape - well, i think that's funny. it appeals to that gen X snark bone in my body. it's funny in that sick, shake your head, ain't life a crap kind of way. the kind of funny that makes you wish a big flaming comet would hurtle toward earth and put us all out of our obvious misery.
two, i appreciate cognitive dissonance, especially when it applies to our recent culture of 'i'm holier than thou.' there is a major slip in our culture when a man like hager is appointed to a high office making decisions that affect women's lives and our reproductive autonomy. is this my own personal bugaboo? you betcha. there's a slip when a man like that wears a public mask over a gross, sad private face and our culture, our politicians, our media, our other citizens won't say, 'you know, that's incongruent.'
three, i find patriarchal oppression of women sad - and deserving of scorn. i think it's sad that this woman realized she made a mistake when she first married this bag of nuts and, because of religious convention, decided to stay with him; i think it's sad that her inability to be autonomous sentenced her to marital rape (yes, it does exist); it's sad that she stayed in that situation, was even unfaithful to him, because she had no money of her own, no independence, no escape route.
it's an object lesson.
and, four. i find it hilarious that, apparently, the white house can't seem to run a basic background check on anybody. bolton's a swinger, hager's a bugger, and rent boys sit with the press corps. hilarious.
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