I have said that, all too frequently, the worst thing that can happen in a revolution is for the revolutionaries to win. They spend so much time figuring out what they are fighting for and how to fight for it, but they don't spend a moment thinking about what will happen if they actually get the freedom they seek. They forget that, for every liberty, there is a responsibility.
And so it is with the sexual revolution. It was won long before the opposition declared defeat (well, what portions of it that are admitting defeat). You can't stop people from having sex, it feels too good. However, now that people can do as they wish, everyone is regarding this as "Anything goes". Guys are brainwashed into thinking that, if they don't have sex at any offer (real or imagined), they are not real men. Girls are taught the power their sexuality has over guys, but no defensive mechanisms in case the guy turns out to be an abusive piece of shit. It's all about the fun, not the seriousness. Given that this is literally a matter of life (babies) and death (AIDS), the lack of instruction is astounding.
Because no one has developed a sense of sexual ethics to go along with their sexual freedom, the result is some stupid hypocrisy. I've been bashing Roman Polanski and his defenders like Buddy Rich bashed his drums. And now, David Letterman is getting some defenders.
Okay, you would think that Letterman should be beyond wrath. He may have been sleazy and maybe a little creepy, but he hasn't done anything really illegal with the revelation of the attempted blackmail for the numerous affairs he had. And, maybe, just possibly, he has some sort of arrangement with his longtime girlfriend/wife as some couples do. I don't understand it, but if that's what works for them, fine. However, I feel completely justified in opening fire on him for his self-serving smugness. For decades, Letterman has made jokes and taken shots at people whose sex lives don't fall within moral lines, looking down his nose at people for their decadence. Now, he's revealed to be no better than the people he's made his living and money attacking, and he's calling the kettle black. From the supposed private bachelor pad at the Ed Sullivan Theater to his cheap shots at Bristol Palin (who doesn't deserve the abuse for being a teen mother. A sell-out, sure, but not a teen mother) to....
(It also makes Emma Watson's appearance on the Late Show a bit cringe inducing. Watson has a number of really questionable fan sites dedicated to her. Letterman interviewed her during the press tour for the last Harry Potter film, and they talked about her graduating and such. Then Letterman produced a picture of Watson's dress blowing up and a panty shot happening -- this was an accident, unlike the Paris Hiltons and other attention whores. Watson fielded it with grace, but the idea of Letterman dwelling on that makes my skin crawl.)
Now, the sexual sleight-of-hand that people are employing to try and absolve Roman Polanski of guilt (one guy online told me, "He's been through so much in his life. Don't judge him until you've imagined yourself in his place." Let's see -- an entire country and government protecting me from paying for my crimes, awards, riches, a wife and kids, a fulfilling life. I imagine myself in his place. I like it) is being employed for Letterman. There was more outrage at Sarah Palin and her daughter than Letterman. Chris Rock, Wendy Williams, Sandra Denton (a.k.a. Pepa from rap group Salt 'N Pepa) are among the people praising him for courageously handling a blackmail scandal instead of thinking that maybe he should be reaping what he has sown since he went from Indiana to New York.
I've often said that, when it comes to adult freedoms, some people can be trusted with them, and others should be banned for life. Driving, drinking, owning guns, voting, and, most importantly, the moral highground to judge people from. Amazing how a little thing like sex can make it all collapse.