I have to say I have been drawn to the Katie Hill story and it’s not because of the pictures. Here is Caroline Overington’s take in today’s Australian: Katie Hill’s career over through another’s misdeeds? Bonkers. Let Caroline tell the story.
Here is a tale of the bonk ban, coming to bite some people on the bum.
You perhaps remember the furore over Barnaby Joyce having an affair with Vikki Campion, now the mother of his two sons?
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull brought in the bonk ban to prevent MPs from having a relationship with anyone who works for them. The US congress has one, too.
Now meet Katie Hill. She is young, a woman, bisexual, and a Democrat, and until this week she was a rising star in her party, having blazed her way into the congress during last year’s mid-terms.
Hill, 32, was elected during an audacious changing of the guard. She defeated a two-term Republican, scooped up a Los Angeles district not held by her party since 1990, and helped the Democrats win back the house.
She quit this week, not long after she was accused of being in breach of the bonk ban. Hill was married when she ran for congress. She was also part of a year-long thruple. That’s a three-person relationship — one lad, two ladies — with her husband, Kenny Heslep, and female campaign worker Morgan Desjardins.
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She ended both relationships upon being elected to the house, and was accused last month of starting a new one with a male staff member, Graham Kelly.
Now, the Desjardins relationship does not violate house rules because she was not on Hill’s congressional staff. The relationship with Kelly — which Hill “absolutely” denies — would violate new house rules banning sexual relationships between members and staff. The house ethics committee launched an investigation.
Hill would not, at first blush, appear to be the natural target of the #MeToo anti-harassment initiatives. These rules were designed to prevent the reprehensible sexual harassment of women in the workforce: think Harvey Weinstein, or Roger Ailes-style behaviour. But of course they apply to everyone, and if Hill was in breach, she would have to go.
Pretty straightforward, yes/no? Well here’s Caroline again:
It does seem odd that consensual relationships can be wrong, however. You cannot stop people who work together being attracted to each other. Michelle and Barack Obama met at work. So did Bill and Melinda Gates, and Gerry and Katie Harvey, and about a billion other people. Everyone’s an adult here.
Yes, why be judgemental? Except this is a person who is supposed to be making rules for the whole of society. And she is absolutely prohibited from having sexual relations with someone who is her subordinate within her Congressional office. But this is the new generation, with whom all such things are just as normal as holding hands. Caroline blathers on:
Millennials live their lives online. They find their sexual partners on Twitter. They take nudes, and send them to people, or else they store them in the cloud. Except there is no cloud. It’s just other people’s computers. They are bound to leak….
There has been some outrage over Hill’s adventurous approach to sex, like it was anyone else’s business. Millennials also do not consider it unusual for people to be bisexual, or to have more than one partner at the same time.
Also, who’s surprised by this? Hill is attractive, ambitious, confident, capable and female, and she was fighting for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Of course they went after her sex life.
Caroline Overington is the worst imaginable judge of sexual morality and politics. Read the whole of what she wrote but it is disgusting. Her attitude to Donald Trump would be an interesting contrast. Sounds pretty judgemental to me. And who is this “they” that went after her sex life? And Caroline, are you aware that Katie stole the election in her own district? And do you think her husband, who released the photos, was a Republican? You are ignorant of everything that matters.
Meanwhile, for a different look at these same things, there is this: The MeToo Revolution Eats Its Own.
The marriage between feminism and the sexual revolution has been akin to a prude marrying a playboy. Its offspring were bound to be screwed up. One of its dysfunctional children is the MeToo movement, which continues to devour its friends, from Sen. Al Franken to Rep. Katie Hill….
Katie Hill is suffering the fate of a feminist who could handle feminism’s rhetoric but not its arbitrary rigor. The same feminism that tells women they can “do whatever they want with their bodies” didn’t like what Katie Hill was doing with hers, as she cavorted with female and male staffers. The new rules of feminism, which include prohibitions on office sex, require a level of discipline Katie Hill’s let’s-try-everything, sexually omnivorous generation is incapable of upholding. To the Katie Hills, today’s feminism is a cruel paradox, espousing the moral philosophy of lechers while turning rule-making and ethics inquiries over to prudes.
You should read it all, which leaves Caroline’s views in the cesspool where they belong. Here’s the way it ends.
The marriage between feminism and the sexual revolution has resulted in a raft of bewildered orphans whose education in degeneracy made them ill-prepared for cultural change. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, liberalism, educationally speaking, destroys the organ and then demands its function. All of the columnists commiserating with Katie Hill are in one way or another bemoaning that incoherence implicit in feminism. Yesterday’s feminism made Bill Clinton a president and Teddy Kennedy a revered senator; under today’s feminism, Hill couldn’t even keep her minor seat.
But then, what did the Frankens and the Hills expect? The liberalism to which they subscribe is inherently arbitrary, owing to a relativism that makes coherent governing impossible. A wilfulness writ large, liberalism has no consistent principle save one: power and its ever-contradictory whims.
What they wanted was a set of rules that would trap their political enemies but spare their friends. How love, marriage, children and a long life together come out of this is beyond me. How any of this breeds happiness and contentment is to me an unknown. A life of instability and misery seems like the most probable outcome.
And a pictorial reminder of what was going on.