Rolling My Eyes At Tiger Woods’ Apology

So, Tiger Woods has made a public apology for committing adultery.  Pardon me while I allow my eyes toi roll back into my head.

Woods owes no one any apologies for his private behavior except for his wife.  His lack of adherence to his marriage vows is an entirely private and personal matter, not a professional one.   He is a professional golfer and I can't imagine that upholding monogamy was part of his job description.

And he did not break the law; he merely violated a societal sacred cow.  Indeed, I don't see real criminals, such as the Enron bunch, making public apologies to their stockholders and the general public, so why should Woods apologize to all and sundry for his infidelity.  It's not as if he is married to the whole world.

And Woods mentioned getting "treatment", presumably for "sexual addiction".  Give me a f'in break!  Non-monogamy is not a mental disorder and I firmly believe that the notion of "sexual addiction" is a very flimsy category, based more on social mores, than science.  We must remember that homosexuality was likewise considered to be a mental disorder until as recently as 1973.

"Sex addiction is one of those pop psychology diagnoses that has scant scientific support," Scott Lilienfeld, Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory University and co-author of "50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology," told LiveScience.

Dr. Marty Klein, a Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor and Sex Therapist, believes that the notion of "sex addiction" is "a set of moral beliefs disguised as science" that assumes sex is dangerous. The examples he gave are: that sex should be within the context of a committed and monogamous heterosexual relationship, that masturbation should be confined to once a day, and that having sex to escape problems is unhealthy.

He pointed out that sex addiction has also been used as a political justification for censorship, eliminating sex education and birth control clinics and opposing equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Tiger Woods' problem is his lack of honesty and failing to do as he promised to his wife, not his sexual behavior, per se.  But in either instance, it's a private matter between the two of them and not any business of the public.

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~ by libertine58 on February 19, 2010.

6 Responses to “Rolling My Eyes At Tiger Woods’ Apology”

  1. I will second everything you have written. And now the world should move on to the next hot story….

  2. I agree with you. But the media thrives on s*** like that.

  3. It does get tiring…when the people of today…with their precious lives…regard with judgement and consciense…the 'reported', seen and subsequently lied about…of the famous and infamous…I am with you…these are two adults…as a golfer…yes..he plays beautifuly…that is a sharing obligation…and what he sells…no one needs to prostitute their private lives…beyond private…If he did not bring home any babies or ATD's…and the love that was can be found…as with anything else…it is what it is worth…I have been in relationships where we did not belong together…or did not care to try…but I have never fronted a personal matter…for the gratification…of 'tabloid mentality'…wolves know…to keep it in the pack and territory…such simple realities forgotten in some of what is called 'progress' or improvement. Without the billboards…maybe the marriage they have…can be…shame is guilt…anytime that is more than a learning experience…what is the good…f____closure…that is for the sorrow of lost love…never to be found…or death…never to live again…they have a chance…without 'fashionable psychology', for the benefit of no one involved…Adopt to the media…or learn to ignore it…privacy is one of the living gifts…Peace Tony

  4. Tiger should leave the apologies to the professionals and stick with golf. He is making a non-public problem a public problem and in doing so exacerbating the significance of the whole deal in the minds of his family. Screw the press!
    Besides after watching Jimmy Swaggart's apology (20 years ago?), for me no one could possibly make an apology seem sincere. In my book, Jimmy (who I liked back then and I still like him) established a standard that will never be beat!

  5. I hope the hole story goes away soon. I am tired of hearing about it. I didn't care to watch the apoligy. I wasn't effected so why would I care about his apology?
    It is a shame that our media spends so much time on stuff like this.

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