Viral video of trio having sex in public instantly evolves into political football

Viral video of trio having sex in public instantly evolves into political football
Rebecca Sullivan (credit: Gavin Young/Calgary Herald)

“Hey, get a room, you two — er, you three.” That would seem to be the more-or-less normal reaction to witnessing three consenting adults in the throes of physical passion in an alleyway in public in broad daylight.

Yet, no sooner had the 7-second video of a menage à trois in Calgary, Alberta, gone up on the social media site Reddit than a flurry of commentary — much of it reactive and highly politically charged — followed.

Even though the video is brief and contains no nudity, LU will take a pass on embedding it, though readers interested in having a look can view it at Deadspin.

So, why has this become a hot potato? Because some unliberated types dared to express disapproval of the sordid display online, which has been interpreted by feminists and other liberals as an attack on what used to be called the fair sex.

Here’s Rebecca Sullivan, head of women’s studies at the University of Calgary:

We need to move away from questions about collective conduct and ask what is it about our society that shaming, hating and turning on people online is a form of public entertainment.

We shouldn’t be discussing whether people should be doing this or not, we should be discussing why it’s OK for everyone to be so abusive. To the abusers: “What are you getting out of it, what are you achieving, and what is it about yourself that you like yourself as an abuser?”

Sullivan also militates, curiously, on behalf of the woman right to privacy:

Why is a woman’s sexuality public property, and why do we deny a woman’s right to have pleasure and her right to privacy?

The very simple answer is that we still live in a misogynistic, sexist society and until we admit it, we’re not dealing with it.

It’s a culture that defines women based on their sexual value to men, and then abuses them for having it.

The Calgary Herald reports that “the vitriol of online shaming” of the woman and defense of her actions have become the story, displacing the video.

Police, meantime, confirm that an investigation is underway and are looking at possible criminal charges for indecent exposure and unlawful distribution of intimate images without consent.

(h/t Opposing Views)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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