I can't think of any circumstance, or any man, that I would announce to the world that I had screwed around with them. In the case of a married man, I wouldn't even tell my best friend. I would be too embarrassed and ashamed. Yet, six women, so far have come out to say that they fooled around with Tiger Woods. Why?
If it is for money, whether in the form of a payoff or otherwise, it smacks of prostitution. If it is for "fame" it smacks of desperation. Who wants to be famous for being a whore? A month from now this story will have dropped off the radar and nobody will remember who these women are. I would be surprised if any of them even get fifteen minutes of fame. It seems like little reason to embarrass yourself over.
But I guess that is where the "old fashioned" comes in. I am projecting my values where they do not exist.
Read the American Power story here.
Related because it deals with Tiger Woods but otherwise unrelated, Legal Insurrection has news of the black communities reaction to the color of Tiger's flings. I would say that I thought we were beyond this but I recently learned otherwise when a dear friend's daughter married a black man. In my family, it is not an issue. Finding someone to spend your life with is an incredible thing, one I haven't managed. I can't think of anything less important to the qualities that make a good marriage than race.
It seems like the color of Tiger's "ladies" is becoming a bigger story than the fact that he is a six (at least) timing cheat. Yukio Ngaby wrote a comment at Legal Insurrection recalling his own experiences of being married to a black woman and has followed up with a post at Critical Narrative:
But then the AP pushed this article upon us: "Tiger's troubles widen his distance from blacks." What's it about? Well, a lot of it's about the race of Woods' mistresses and the black community's attitude toward interracial marriage. My favorite quote from the article:Read Yukio's entire post. He makes the case that this nonsense would not be tolerated if it were being made by white people. It shouldn't be tolerated when it comes from black people either."On the one hand, Ebonie Johnson Cooper doesn't care that Tiger Woods' wife and alleged mistresses are white because Woods is 'quote-unquote not really black.'"Preservation thing? This kind of language is the same crap that various white supremacist websites push...
"But at the same time we still see him as a black man with a white woman, and it makes a difference,' said Johnson Cooper, a 26-year-old African-American from New York City. 'There's just this preservation thing we have among one another. We like to see each other with each other."'