One of the things I like about George Michael is that, whether I agree with him or not, he is honest and direct and fairly intelligent. Every so often however he says things that make me think "Oh don't be silly!"
This past week has been one of those times.
It wasn't the actual fact that he has been caught cruising again (although obviously that is not something, gay or straight, I approve of. He has done it before, plus I am aware that he and his partner have an open relationship). Plus I share his anger at his accusations of entrapment. From what we hear and read about the paparazzi, they must have been tailing him for weeks hoping he would make that mistake, and with regards to his arrest eight years ago, I do think that the police, in general, seem to be more interested in arresting consenting gay couples rather than consenting heterosexual couples who have sex in public places, when both are illegal in many places.
No, what did irritate me was the defence he made this week when he stated that
"A very large part of the male population, gay or straight, totally understands the idea of anonymous and no-strings sex..."
Erm, I'm male and I don't understand it!
I mean I can understand why some people are promiscuous, why some have affairs, why some have a lover as well as a partner. I don't agree with it, but I can understand it. For example, when I was twenty-two I got slightly drunk with a friend one evening and we ended up having a protracted snogging session. If it wasn't for the fact that both of us felt somewhat responsible, in spite of the drink, and had a conscience about sleeping around, what happened would have very easily turned into a one night stand.
But I find anonymous and no strings sex a bit difficult to understand, particually with the dangers involved. It's bad enough some parks complaining that they find things like used condoms near bushes during the day, it's the fact that people can get into real dangerous situations, and for that I just wish George would wise-up a bit.