Let’s talk about Sydney Leathers for a minute. Sydney Leathers is a LOT of things, but is she a bad person?
This woman has made some choices that I don’t agree with— carrying on a sexting affair with a very married Anthony Weiner (ew), capitalizing on her newfound attention by releasing a hardcore masturbation porno, penning an article for xoJane.com about “How to Seduce a Politician,” to name a few.
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“If I really wanted fame or attention, I probably wouldn’t have tried to remain anonymous (for as long as I did). I probably would’ve came out sooner with everything. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have given away the exclusive photos and the transcripts of our conversations for free to Nik Richie if I was looking to gain from it. … Once my identity was leaked, I felt like I had no choice. It was like, “You might as well speak for yourself, otherwise everyone else is going to try.” … I’m not saying I had no choice to do the photo shoot, but once my face was out there, it was like, You might as well capitalize on it while you can. Because what am I going to do? Hide in a cave and pretend I don’t exist for the rest of my life? … I don’t feel like I exploited [anything] and I don’t feel like I’m being exploited either.”
– I fail to be titillated by anything Sydney Leathers does at this point. Between the masturbation porn, the visit to the Howard Stern show, the bikini photo shoot, and that service piece she wrote for xoJane about how to seduce a politician, I’m burnt out on ol’ Syd. (But in case you’re wondering, “Leathers” is a German last name. Of course it is.) [Complex]
“Why does having a sexting affair with a married man or even doing porn make someone a bad person? Give me a break. I’m not a war criminal. I’m a human being who has made certain choices, some of which involve my sexuality…Yes, I’ve made thousands of dollars from sugar daddies. So?” begins Sydney Leathers in her xoJane piece, “10 Secrets For Seducing A Politician.”
Before we go any further here, I will say that I agree with this statement. Doing porn or using your sexuality in a way that feels empowering to earn money is not wrong. Lots of people do it and that doesn’t make them bad people. I have no problem with sex work. Until this moment, I was happy to defend Sydney Leathers. And then she goes on to say: “To Maureen Dowd and every other woman who thinks she knows anything about me — or anything about feminism for that matter — you don’t.” Keep reading »
Well, that escalated quickly. Sydney Leathers was not calling our bluff when she was seen consorting with the king of porn, Steve Hirsch of Vivid. She’s gone and filmed “Weinergate ’13,” a fully naked “hardcore masturbation porn.” According to TMZ, which watched the porn, she strips down naked and diddles herself on camera. In a patriotic-but-NSFW preview (after the jump, very NSFW), Leathers blabs about her sexting and phone sex sessions with Anthony Weiner and how he would compliment her on her breasts, ass and how her feet looked in heels. God bless America. [TMZ, Hypervocal] Keep reading »
Anthony Weiner’s communications director calling a former intern a “cunt,” “slutbag” and other slurs is just one aspect of the choppy waters surrounding the sex scandal-ridden NYC mayoral candidate’s sinking campaign. But of all the what-are-they-thinking? Weiner campaign moments in the past few weeks, it is the one that has stood out in my mind. Because when Barbara Morgan, the communications director, went off to a Talking Points Memo reporter about former intern Olivia Nuzzi, who dished secrets about the campaign in the New York Daily News, it wasn’t just Morgan’s overall frustration or unprofessionalism that was questionable. It was how she called another woman “cunt.”
That’s a word that I use myself, quite liberally in fact. Now I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t anymore. Keep reading »
Yesterday, there were bikini pics and today we learn that Sydney Leathers had a (now defunct) profile on SeekingArrangement, billed as the #1 sugar daddy dating site. TMZ reports that she was actively seeking sugar daddies on this site (and others) for more than three years in which time she juggled multiple men, but no more than three at once — some who paid her up to $4,000 a pop for the pleasure of her company via chat, Skype, in the form of dirty pictures or dates, but never for sex.
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