Thursday, December 20, 2012

Things that make you go "WTF?"

File this under "sin makes you stupid."

Former Olympian/motivational speaker/business-woman/prostitute...and, yet, her husband wasn't "supportive" of that part about being a prostitute.

Favor Hamilton described the escort business as “exciting,” an illicit midlife diversion from her routine existence, one in which she operates a successful Madison, Wisconsin real estate brokerage with her husband, delivers motivational speeches, and does promotional work for various businesses and groups, including Disney’s running series and Wisconsin’s Potato & Vegetable Growers Association.

She said that only her husband Mark, 44, was aware of her escort work, but that, “He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn’t supportive of this at all.” The couple lives in a $600,000 Madison home and appears to be in no financial distress based on a review of court and municipal records.
Supportive?  I'm not one to judge, but what about divorce her skanky ass?

Apparently, the decision to become a $600 an hour whore was about post-partum depression and some kind of psychological issues. She says that she isn't going to play the victim card, but then immediately does by portraying herself as a victim of post-partum depression.

And there's more:

Favor Hamilton answered that as a world-class athlete she was conditioned to believe she was invincible, and that doubts and concerns were counterproductive thoughts. During a subsequent conversation she brought up Tiger Woods’s tumultuous fall, saying that, “I mean, he’s the biggest athlete ever. He obviously thought he could never get caught.”

Favor Hamilton also blamed herself for being “too trusting.” She expected other participants in the insular escort business--where men seeking sex are called “hobbyists” and women selling it are “providers”--to honor a code of silence. Though she seemed entirely sincere, it was nonetheless a credulous notion that client and escort were morally bound by some implicit pledge of omerta.

Why would her secret be safe with guys about whom she knew nothing (except that many were paying for sex while their spouse was back home)
Right.  Because if there is one thing that reason and common sense tells us, it is that gentlemen who are willing to  lie and cheat to their wives make the most trustworthy of confidants.

The unsettling thought is how calm and rational this story is pitched. It's offered as a bad choice and a life lesson, rather than as a complete moral and intellectual failure.  Obviously, Favor Hamilton has to recover, but certainly some period of self-exile and shame and penitence is in order, if only as part of the learning process.

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