Some people like food, some adventurous things, and some sex; some even like all three together. However, since we have to write about one issue that we find interesting, I choose sex.
The opening to my post might seem racy though sex is something that most of us think about pretty regularly. It is a natural part of being human and, let’s face it, we wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for procreation. However, this blog is not just about things that interest us, but also what ethical issues come along with the subject. Luckily, I have plenty of options to choose from. As it turns out, some people just can’t help themselves. For now, I will limit myself to two scenarios, both of which everyone should know well.
“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
Almost everyone reading this post should know exactly who said this statement. It was then President, Bill Clinton. He was caught having a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, one of his employees. Then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., faulted Clinton’s behavior as “immoral and harmful” and lamented “the damage the president’s conduct has done to the proud legacy of his presidency.” Ethically, Clinton also lied to the American people as, for six months, he denied any and all involvement in the affair. He later admitted to the scandal and considered it a grave mistake, though the misdeed was already done. Clinton’s immoral behavior and perjury to the American people led him to go through the impeachment process, only later being saved by the Democratically controlled Senate. Clinton may have made it through an unethical scandal, but for many years his reputation was tarnished as someone who could not make ethical judgments.
The second scandal, while involving people more like you and I, is just another example of how some people have trouble keeping their hands to themselves. Some of you might remember the recent Secret Service scandal where some of the president’s security detail was caught having sex with prostitutes. In this case, while the Secret Service said the president was not put at risk due to their actions, the question was certainly raised on whether or not they should be bringing these women back to their rooms (in some of the places where they were prostitution was legal) and whether or not they could have actually been placing the president in any type of danger.
The list goes on and on, Anthony Weiner, some Roman Catholic priests and bishops, and Kobe Bryant have all had indiscretions. The list does not end with men either; Paris Hilton released a sex tape, Helen Chenoweth, a Republican Congresswoman from Idaho, berated President Clinton for his scandal but later admitted to a six year long affair with a married man, and countless other woman (and men) have been involved in teacher sex scandals. Sex, like it or not (I like it), is here to stay. How people choose to go about their sex lives, including being ethically and morally sound, is a completely different story. Hopefully, though, some people will reconsider making decisions based on lust, and save placing themselves an ethical dilemma.