Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Thoughts on the latest Cosby revelations: a lament

The New York Times is publishing an article on Sunday (19 July 2015):

Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Calculated Pursuit of Young Women, Using Fame, Drugs and Deceit

Much ink has been spilled over the last weeks and months from those of us on the sidelines about the nature of Cosby's actions. Were these consensual acts? Was Cosby guilty of rape or just of being a "dirty old man"? Is Cosby being railroaded by unverifiable stories, or using his public persona to intimidate those who might accuse him? And so on.

As I read this tonight, I realized that there's one person in this story that no-one is talking about.

Mrs. Camille Cosby.

This is the first article I've read in which any reference to Camille Cosby appears. In this case, it's almost a footnote; some of the "hush money" that Bill Cosby pays to his "partners" is done explicitly so that Camille Cosby won't find out about the relationships.

I realize that some folks might want to debate whether or not Bill Cosby was guilty of various crimes related to these young women. (I don't; I think it's clear these women were horribly mistreated.)

But even if you want to concede most of those points, can we all agree that Bill Cosby is guilty of adultery, many times over? And that "good, moral people" don't engage in serial adultery?   And that Camille Cosby is also a victim in this story?

Heck, even Bill Cosby agrees that it was wrong; he tried to cover it up.  

But we, as a modern society, seem not to be interested in talking about adultery.   Why is that?

Is it because the word is so wrapped up in religious imagery that we're uncomfortable speaking about it?

Is it because adultery has become so commonplace that we're no longer surprised when we hear about it?

Is it because we've lost so much faith in marriage (an institution that fails one-third of the time) that a violation of marriage vows hardly seems worth noting?

Lord have mercy upon us all.

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