Expect to see more hookers

Ashley Youmans After O.J. Simpson went on trial for murdering his wife Nicole, I began seeing many more white women hanging out with black men. Conventional wisdom — conventional racist wisdom — would tell you that whites, especially white women, would have associated violence with black men and they would have shunned them. The fact is that Birth-of-a-Nation type racism isn’t how sexuality plays itself out in this country anymore. With the help of the media — and the Internet is just fabulous for this — we take our sexual cues from the sensation of the day. Hence, the rise in black-white couples, however short-lived the arrangements, after Simpson’s trial. Anecdotally speaking, I think the popularity of interracial sex continues to this day — and not because we’ve become less racist. We’ve just gotten more titillated by racism.*

I wonder if a similar phenomenon will go into high gear now that the banks and a slew of U.S. federal departments have outed Eliot Spitzer as a habitue of a prostitution ring. Instead of men laying low (no pun intended), they will make the ex-governor’s predilection for twenty-two-year old hookers their sexual preference too. Even men who might have been too timid to seek out prostitutes will permit themselves to do as Spitzer did. And the more like Ashley Youmans their “Kristins” are, the more potent the attraction.

I think that more young women too will start to dabble in sex for money. Professional prostitution rings may go under cover (or under the covers) for a while, but amateur rings, where girls or their pimps will charge guys something affordable, will become the latest rage. Who knows. Maybe Spitzer will have given the movement to decriminalize prostitution the, um, push it needs.

If you think my prediction is off base, think about the excitement over oral sex after Monica Lewinsky’s specialty became known to every human being over the age of five. An acquaintance told me that her daughter was the only teenaged girl at her summer camp who wasn’t giving the boy campers head. And who knows how long that girl was able to withstand peer pressure to take the dive.

What all of these stories about sex do is hyper-sexualize the society, especially children. I can’t help but feel the much-vaunted scheudenfraude that we all have about Spitzer’s downfall, but I am also unhappy that this latest sex scandal will give people one more reason to act on their worser impulses. Trust me. I’m not being santimonious. Only sad, and a little scared.

* This is why Geraldine Ferraro is so wrong about Barack Obama when she says that he could not be running for president if he weren’t black. Ms. Ferraro ought to visit YouTube and take a look at the Obama Girl videos. Obama’s race is not a hindrance for him at this point in U.S. cultural, political and sexual history. It’s why he stands a good chance of winning over McCain. And over Clinton — it goes without saying.



  1. Well the Blackness of Barack is now front and square, thanks to his pastor.

    This is going to hurt Obama seriously. There is no good news in this mess for him. It makes people realize, well, golly, he is actually really a *black* man, not just a deeply intelligent person who went to Harvard and was the president of his class. He is of the black people and has partaken of their experience and has lived in communities and perhaps may hold views that he has not made public, that are rooted in blackness and are not representative of the predominantly white united states.

    i like the pastor. there is a lot of truth in what he says. but here is the point — white america is deeply ambivalent and uncomfortable about this. obama is going to have a very hard time getting over this. people are now going to really really ask — are we ready to support a *black* man as president?

    very sad. i am getting to admire this man.

  2. sorry, one more thing. i totally dont understand the furore about ferraro’s comments. what she said is completely true. barack would not be where he is without 80+ percent of the black vote. and that would never happen for a white man or a woman with barack’s message. what the heck is the fuss about??

  3. modestine said

    Hello Dark Prince!
    A private citizen can say whatever he likes about America, 9/11, the Middle East, racism — every controversial topic under the sun. I think, though, that when you are running for a public office that is supposed to represent every constituency, you cannot have a Geraldine Ferraro in your camp, or a Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or even, apparently, a Samantha Power. Name-calling’s got to go. So do race theories because all they do is give a platform to unsubstantiated opinion. That’s what blogs are for, not presidential elections!

    I have to say that I found the comments by Ms. Ferraro and Rev. Wright unhelpful, to say the least. If they wanted to inject racial tensions into Clinton and Obama’s campaigns, they did a fine job. Did Ms. Ferraro conduct a poll among Americans on the subject of black presidential candidates? Does Rev. Wright believe he will help bring about “change we can believe in” by saying, “God damn America?”

    For better or worse, we know people by the company they keep. Frankly, all of the candidates and their birds-of-a-feather have turned me off. I’m including John McCain in this crowd. He just got the backing of James “F*** the Jews” Baker III, so lately I am feeling less than enthusiastic about voting for him.

    I cannot see myself going for Senator Clinton: She did not feel revulsion when Suha Arafat alleged that “our [Palestinian] people have been submitted to the daily and intensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces, which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.” In fact, Mrs. Clinton rewarded Mrs. Arafat with a hug and a kiss.

    Likewise, I cannot see myself supporting Barack Obama. Reverend Wright is Senator Obama’s spiritual advisor. What has he counseled him? That America brought 9/11 on itself? I don’t believe that any more than I believe that Madrid and London brought Al Qaeda’s attacks on their transit systems. I tend not to espouse any Theory-of-Everything. All evil does not lead back to America or London or Madrid or the “First World.”

    You may remember that in the 1980s, Meir Kahane spewed his own racial theories about Arabs and Jews. The Israeli electoral commission ultimately banned him and his Kach movement from putting up candidates in 1988. Kahane always had his supporters, but most people found him repellent, as did I. Why don’t Senators Clinton, Obama and McCain feel that kind of revulsion for the bigots who support them?

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