Suzanne Fields

On her feet or on her back, she doesn't have to look at the Washington monuments, but can take in Renaissance masterpieces at her new husband's ancestral estate in Rome. Villa Aurora, built in the 16th century, has a Caravaggio, the only one known to be on a ceiling, and a sculpture of Pan in the garden by Michelangelo. Talk about landing on your feet. Her old husband didn't -- he went to prison for two years in the Abscam bribery scandal.

We're remarkably inconsistent in judging sexual morals, despite the Puritan heritage. Barney Frank surmounted the scandal of his live-in lover's male escort service in the basement of their Capitol Hill home. Barney got away with only a reprimand, with the House of Representatives rejecting motions to censure or expel him. When he announced this week that he would retire after 16 terms, he had become an elder statesman in his party.

Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about sex with "that woman," and became a highly respected former president and head of a foundation that gives away billions of dollars to needy countries.

Newsweek magazine says we're in the clutches of an epidemic of "sex addiction," with estimates of sex drunks as high as 3 to 5 percent of the population, or as many as 9 million Americans. "Shame," a new "psychosexual movie" about carnal encounters, is getting rave reviews in certain circles. The writer and director say that in sex scenes set in New York City, the audience is treated like a participant. Hmmmm. Just like Washington.

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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