Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Scum of the Girth: Wiener photo shouldn’t blow Weiner’s congressional career

Yet again, camera phones have made history. No, I'm not talking about Blake Lively, though I did enjoy her photos more. This time the culprit was Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

I assume you've all heard the details by now. Weiner tweeted a picture of his penis, veiled by a bland pair of grey boxer briefs, showing only an average size bulge.

The reason Weiner is in such hot water over the issue is not only because he uploaded a picture of his masked member to the Internet, but that he addressed it to a specific female college student on Twitter.

Americans are not impressed with Weiner's behavior — or his bulge for that matter.
The more conservative half of the nation cannot believe anyone, especially a congressman, would use technology to send "lewd" photos, especially to a person who was not his wife.

I've got news for you America. This photo was far from lewd. We see bulges every day. Bulges are published in our advertisements and our catalogues. They are seen on every men's underwear model. No self respecting man wants to buy underwear that will make him appear as though he possesses nothing down under but a fleshy patch. This is what I like to call "The Bulge Effect."

Despite his true intentions, Weiner did not send the "lewd" photo solely to a younger female; he published it on Twitter.

Every single one of his followers could see this photo. However, the congressman did confess to exchanging photos with "about six women over the past three years."

Despite all this, the congressman has chosen not to resign. In my opinion, it would be unwise to do so. All too often in this nation we forget that even our elected officials have private lives. Weiner did not cheat on his wife — to anyone's knowledge — he just sent a picture of himself modeling a pair of unexciting boxer briefs to his 48,000 Twitter followers.

This action does not make him an immoral home-wrecker incapable of performing his elected duties.

Let's take a minute to look at some other influential figures in the public eye with real "lewd" material on the internet. Kim Kardashian stepped into the public eye for performing fellatio on camera, yet she is without a doubt more influential and commands a larger public following than Weiner. Former President Clinton got oral sex while in office. Enough said.

Weiner has been active in fighting for his constituents. He has worked to lower taxes for the middle class. He has fought for what he calls "Health Plan New York," which would give "options to working New Yorkers who aren't covered under their employers and who aren't able to afford private insurance plans." He is arguably one of the strongest liberals in Congress. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he is a very active representative, which is commendable. 

When we look at the big picture, Weiner is just about the furthest thing from a corrupt and perverted politician. Clearly, he's a model trapped in the body of a representative. He is a man and men make mistakes — they may also photograph their penis on occasion. Things like this just happen.

Personally, I'd like to see the congressman spice it up a bit.
Perhaps we can get him an endorsement deal with American Apparel — then we can call his photos "lewd."

However, until more graphic pictures of Weiner's weiner emerge, I say we just write off his current bulge shot as child's play.

Parker Cramer is a 20-year-old animal science junior from Houston, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_pcramer.
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