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Jack Ryan

2004-06-29 16:25:45.431109+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Just in case you're not aware of it, there's this Republican politician named Jack Ryan who was married to Jeri Ryan (IMDB page), known for her roles on "Boston Public" and as "Seven of Nine".

He's finally bowed out of the Illinois race for the Senate because it turns out he likes public sex. There have been a bunch of different takes, Debra provides an overview, but two things have stood out. The first was Tom over at Backup Brain who pointed out:

Dude, you're married to Seven of Nine, the gal with the catsuit that launched a million sweaty fantasies. Everyone already knows you're having sex with her. Many envy the hell out of you for it. Do you really have to flaunt it? Man, that's just tacky.

Which is a pretty good snarky answer, but it was Lyn's entry over at Back to the Kitchen that pointed out this line from The Chigago Tribune article quoting the divorce proceedings:

I told him I thought it was out of his system. I told him he had promised me we would never go. People were having sex everywhere. I cried. I was physically ill. Respondent became very upset with me and said it was not a `turn-on' for me to cry.

Obviously I've no problem with people liking public sex. I do have an issue with lying to your spouse, and I especially have an issue with responding to a concern with "that's not a turn-on for me". Whatever the collected voters and party bosses thought that got him out of the race, believing that it's your partner's duty to be a "turn-on" is beyond reprehensible.

So, congrats, Jeri, on ditching the bastard.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2004-06-30 02:23:27.498748+00 by: Pete

I saw an interesting perspective somewhere (Washington Post?). Basically it pointed out that this is a sex scandal involving a married couple and no sex.


#Comment Re: made: 2004-06-30 13:56:46.421097+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

Reading the references, it certainly does look like Jack is a first class abusive ass (assuming, as Lyn points out, that Jeri's account is accurate.) However, my initial reaction, on reading just this post, was that there are always two sides to an issue.

I know that, for myself, I've been in two relationships where, despite a clear and continual expression of my desires, goals and intended life plans, I was still met with an "I didn't realize it was that big a deal"/I didn't think you were serious/I thought it was just a phase attitude in the end.