Sunday, March 23, 2008

1 2 3 ...Men & Women : The Closet

from unpublished book,drawings by Marguerita and words by Susan Shapiro

What double lives do others lead?
I’m joking, sort of, but the fact of the matter is that Eliot Spitzer, James McGreevey and David Paterson have, among their other contributions to public life, provided a behavioral yardstick as unsettling as any that Alfred Kinsey or Masters and Johnson ever produced. They’ve underscored our flimsy grasp of what goes on inside marriages and outside of them, making us feel like sheltered boobs.Around dinner tables, conference tables and treadmills, the jokes fly and the talk is less high-minded than it is in the news, where it isn’t all that high-minded to begin with.
A friend just back from a bachelor party in Las Vegas told me that at the beginning of the weekend, the group of 10 revelers took a survey inspired by current events: four of them had paid for sex. By the end of the weekend, he said, the number had risen to six. Eliot Spitzer: role model.And the black stockings eh?

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