The latest to join the ever-growing ranks of elected officials who have resigned after sending naked pictures of themselves over the internet is New Jersey freeholder Louis Magazzu. Really, buddy, there was absolutely no reason for you to quit.
Louis Magazzu made a stupid mistake. No, I'm not talking about emailing naked pictures of himself to a Chicago woman he'd been corresponding with for the better part of a year. (One of the photos he sent is above.) His mistake was resigning. His resignation is not only drawing more attention to this particular "scandal" than it otherwise deserved (no one even knew what a "freeholder" was before this), but it's also fueling the fire started by our very own Chris Lee and Anthony Weiner that there is something always wrong with sending naked pictures over the internet.
In Magazzu's case, the circumstances were very different. He's separated from his wife, he has been corresponding with the recipient of the photos/messages for more than a year, she's of legal age, and there were no government computers or devices used in their transmission. There is nothing wrong with that. Is it silly? Yes. Embarrassing? For sure. Are we still going to gawk at the photos when they show up on a Republican website? Of course! But is it wrong? No way.
People—men especially—have been doing idiotic things in an attempt to get laid as long as there have been vaginas. It's no different now, it's just writ large by the democratization of technology and the easiness with which we disseminate information. We're going to start seeing more and more naked photos on the internet, whether they're of celebs, politicians, reality stars, and even everyday people. To paraphrase Andy Warhol: In the future, everyone will have 15 sexting scandals.
We might as well get used to this and learn to enjoy it. For Magazzu, the correct response would have been the Kanye West defense. When his dick pic sailed across cyberspace, he just said, "Yeah, it's me," and moved on, and it was quickly forgotten. It's not quite as easy for politicians to take this approach (especially if the pics prove that the pol is lying, cheating, misappropriating government property, or otherwise breaking the law) but their naked pictures are no more or less offensive than Kanye's—though they're most likely less impressive.
Instead of stepping down, Magazzu and other politicos in his situation should just put their dicks away and get back to business as usual. It may be a small consolation, but I'm actually more likely to vote for a candidate after seeing he's just as stupid, horny, and crass as the rest of us out there who are just trying to get laid with a randy .jpg or two.