CNN columnist says Weiner is part of a ‘sexting nation’


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Let’s talk about sexting.

So says Roxanne Jones in a column on CNN.com that essentially shrugs at New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s revelations on Wednesday that he continued to send sexually explicit text messages and photos to women after leaving Congress because of earlier sexting incidents.

“Anthony Weiner may be in the headlines today, but many American adults are using social networking to spice up their sex lives,” Jones writes, citing a Harris interactive survey in which nearly one in five adults said they had shared explicit photos or text messages with others

Jones is a longtime journalist and, full disclosure, a friend. I asked her if she was serious or just trying to be provocative with the column. She acknowledged a little of both, hoping to start a conversation about something that is more common than we might realize or want to admit. “A lot of people sext,” she said, “but culturally we don’t know how to deal with it.”

But do we want our elected leaders sexting?

Jones, who lives in New York, wrote: “If Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor in 2008 after a scandal involving prostitutes, can rehab his political career enough to compete for New York City comptroller in this election, then it stands to reason that Weiner, with all his faults, still has the right to have voters decide whether he’s fit enough to become the city’s next mayor.” (Weiner had been leading in some polls, but after Wednesday’s news conference, his numbers have fallen dramatically.)

Of course, I asked Jones if she engaged in sexting. Her response: “I don’t kiss and tell!”

You can read Jones’ column here.

Vanessa Williams is a deputy national editor at The Post and edits the She The People blog. She has covered and edited local and national politics for the paper. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.
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