Of whores and mhores
It wasn't a column about the propriety of the two living together, the negative example they are setting for the people of New York and the governor's teen daughters (who sometimes stay with them), or the fact that the governor flaunts Catholic teaching and goes to Mass and Communion despite his living arrangement.
It was about whether it was appropriate to refer to Cuomo and Lee as "boyfriend" and "girlfriend." Somehow it didn't seem right, Hare opined, given that Cuomo and Lee are both "grownups." Moreover, he noted, those names don't fit in with the dignity they deserve.
I responded that grown ups get married, and since the two just want to play house, boyfriend and girlfriend seem about right.
But another responder referred to them as the Governor and his whore.
That doesn't seem fair.
A whore is a generally defined as a woman who engages in sexual acts for money. It is also used to describe a woman who is promiscuous or of loose virtue.
Now Lee is a fornicator, true, but we have no record of her doing it for money, and certainly not in connection with Governor Cuomo (if it was former Governor Spitzer there might be some questions, though). Nor is there any indication she is currently fornicating with anyone besides Cuomo, or that she's had a series of such sexual relationships. Her virtue may be shaky, but I don't know if there's any evidence it's loose.
But if you are going to use such terms for even women of shaky virtue, then what about the men?
After all, Cuomo is also fornicating, and it hardly seems fair she gets called whore while he gets called Governor.
You can call a man a whore, but that's not common (unlike the activity in which Cuomo and Lee are engaging).
Then I had a sudden Palin moment and created a new word. I noticed that "whore" and "woman" both started with with same letter, so what if I took the first letter of "man" and coupled it "hore" to make "mhore."
Cuomo and Lee could be described as mhore and whore.
I'm not going to use those titles myself. I prefer to focus on behavior and not just call people names.
But mhore and whore do provide a way for Hare to get around his boyfriend/girlfriend dilemma.
Now Hare can get back to writing about less serious issues. Like corruption in the Monroe County government. Or a questionable mayoral election in Rochester. Or whether President Obama really is dying his hair.