Saturday, April 24, 2021

A visual form of "locker-room talk" that Matt Gaetz's friends in Congress apparently accept

In the lurid saga of Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz, one item keeps being mentioned without much commentary; as Amy Davidson Sorkin put it in the 19 April issue of The New Yorker, "according to press reports, he has a habit of showing members of Congress nude photos and videos of women with whom, he says, he’s had sex." That doesn't change but only confirms my take on him. But I wonder about those Representatives he's allegedly shown such pictures to: as they didn't take such sexual harassment public or even raise ethics questions in Congress, they must see such an act as a visual and acceptable form of "locker-room talk". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 24 April 2021)


Matt Gaetz
Illustration by João Fazenda (from The New Yorker)

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