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The Rise of the Sex Tape and Lack of Love

According to Instapundit, there may be a sex tape between former Presidential candidate John Edwards and his lover Rielle Hunter.

Firstly, ewwww.

But it got me wondering about the rise of the sex tape. I mean, why do people feel a need to tape sex?

I mean, I understand why some minor celebrities tape some unsuspecting hookup so they can release it and then tell the world how shocked they are that the tape got stolen from their underwear drawer so they've signed a deal to profit from it since it's coming out anyway. And by the way, they now have reality show offers from Spike and VH1.

But I'm talking about the sex tape that nobody's selling. Or better yet, the sex tape that would destroy lives if it ever did come out. I wonder if the rise of the sex tape has something to do with the impermanence of affection.

When you hook up, all you have is that one night. And the only way to maybe hold onto a ghost of the pleasure is to video it and rewatch it? I don't know. I'm guessing.

Is there a narcissism involved as well? I wonder when people watch their own tapes do they look at the other people or themselves?

In watching such things are they filling the eye with as much sense as possible to make up for the hole in their soul that yearns for love?

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3 comments:

MissJean said...

Combine that with elementary students and hilarity ensues. (Gag.)

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-us-odd-teacher-sex-tape,1,5953759.story

Subvet said...

It's the equivalent of putting a notch on your gun. For a man it's a way of proving he's a stud, for a woman my only guess is it proves she's a "with it" girl who deserves attention.

Those examples concern the one initiating the idea of recording the tryst. As for their willing partners who are aware of the video, only God knows what bats are in their belfries.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's because the participants get to star in an instant piece of personalized porn, adding to the thrill factor?

Priceless :-)

And it's not as if they're thinking about the long-term ramifications about having a tape lying around after the fact.

If they thought about long-term ramifications at all, they might not leave the longtime cancer-ridden spouse who stood by them during the course of a grueling political campaign to hook up with someone else in the first place.

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