By now it’s pretty old news, but in case anyone missed it, a tempest in a teapot hit D.C. a few weeks ago. (That’s the Washington Post link, and it’s completely safe for work, thouh the text is a bit sex-oriented in topic). A young female Senate staff assistant named Jessica Cutler (she was a mail opener) was having flings with multiple, multiple men. And she blogged about it. Her blog was apparently meant to be an update on her social life, so her friends could keep up with it. By the time it became public, she had detailed her sexual encounters with a half-dozen men over the course of a few months. She was sleeping with co-workers, friends, rich Washingtonians who paid her in cash, and staid, married Republicans. She’s 26, and she now has a six-figure book deal and a contract with Playboy.
I’m not completely sure what to think of Ms. Cutler’s widely-reported story. On the one hand, it provides yet another reason not to have a fling with your mail opener (or secretary, or maid, etc). She might be blogging about it, and if she is, you might end up being awfully embarrassed.
On the other hand, Ms. Cutler has successfully leveraged her sex life into a book deal that many authors would kill for. [But would they sleep with six guys and then blog about it? –Ed. If they thought it would work, probably — but I suspect that’s a one-time avenue to fame only.] And I’m also a bit concerned about the effect this story will have on the general public perception of blogging. Often, when I say to someone “I have a blog,” the person look at me quizically. That’s less than ideal. But it’s certainly better than instant recognition, followed by “oh, like that sex girl in D.C.!”