Harry Baker: Do whatever you want, live like a bum.
Alan Baker: Why am I a bum?
Harry Baker: Are you married?
Alan Baker: No
Harry Baker: Then you’re a bum
Come blow your horn 1963
This story from the NY Post got me laughing:
When Scott, a male model who says he’s in his 30s, kicks off the Hamptons high season this weekend at his Sag Harbor waterfront house, the unattached hunk won’t have any reservations about hooking up with women he hardly knows.
“I had a vasectomy a few months ago. Having a house in the Hamptons and being fairly well-off, I’ve encountered some problems — women try to get pregnant,” said Scott, a regular on the society scene who earns a cool half-million a year.
He recalled sex partners who have lied to him about being on birth control. “It’s a trick. [They say] ‘I love you, [we] don’t need a condom.’ ”
Scott — who describes himself as “Tarzan with light eyes” — typically beds up to 10 different women per summer and estimates that 20 percent of the single ladies he encounters are looking to trap a rich guy with a baby.
The goal? At the very least: 18 to 21 years of child support and, in some instances, a green card for the mother, since their child would be born in the US
It the culture that I was brought up with, the proper description of these guys would be a “bum”. And apparently these poor abused rich bums are horrified at the prospect that sex might have consequences and so it’s time to go under the knife:
“This extortion happens all the time. Women come after them. [They get pregnant and] want a ransom payment,” said Shusterman. “Some guys do an analysis of the cost — for three days of discomfort [after a vasectomy], it’s worth millions of dollars to them.
“I never see a poor guy [asking] for a vasectomy,” he added. “Rich guys are a population that’s abused a lot.”
Just ask John, a 34-year-old bachelor who had the procedure this month. (He asked that his name be changed for professional reasons.)
The real-estate developer and Upper West Side resident — who said he can have a different sex partner in the Hamptons every weekend — doesn’t want a repeat of last summer, when a woman he met at a party tried to pull a fast one after sex.
Now let’s forget the fact that this operation isn’t going to protect these guys from the various sexually transmitted diseases and the like, let’s also forget that the fact that the longer you wait to reverse a vasectomy the lower the chances it can be reversed and let’s concede Glenn Reynolds point that the women who do this are dishonest and dishonorable but the bottom line is the confirmation of this line by Stacy McCain at Medium.
Once you separate sexual behavior from its procreative function, so that “sex” is no longer about men and women forming permanent pair-bonds for the purposes of raising families, everything goes haywire. If “sex” is merely about hedonism, and if we can only discuss “sexuality” and “gender” as amorphous intellectual abstract concepts based on our emotional moods, then we can expect endless confusion and misery to follow.
But there’s more to it than that. If you look at the rules of Judeo-Christianity as taught and as written for thousands of years before our friends on the left and in academia got ahold of them, you figure out very quickly that said rules were not about punitive restrictions of a dictator demanding his subject follow his whims, but were about a loving father knowing what’s best for his children’s well being and happiness and steering them in the right direction.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a man just like the rest of these guys and I’d be lying if I didn’t wish that after 29 years of marriage I did as well in a year as these guys do in a couple of weeks, but I’m also old and wise enough to know how this will end, almost certainly with a woman much like the ones they are currently dodging in love with their money rather than themselves and if they are VERY lucky able to reverse their operation to have a family late in life who will stay just long enough to make sure the divorce settlement is to their liking.
but barring such luck it’s much more likely they will find themselves paying off student loans of woman’s studies majors for company while going long on Viagra futures as father time asserts himself.
Again this is not a question of a punitive result, it’s the logical ending to relationship goals based on hedonism.
Now if these fellows had been looking for a spouse early, they would not only have a readily available sexual partner but would likely have one whose affections were not based on the profit motive and a family to rejoice with him in success, comfort him in failure and when their later years came they would have family that would love them unconditionally.
Again this is not about rules or regulations this is about reality and in the end no matter how much money you have, reality will assert itself and no matter how little sympathy I have for these fellow, reality will have even less.
If these guys are smart they will stop looking for hookup and start looking for a wife, if not, may they be happy with the choices they make, because they’ll be living with them forever.