Anthony Weiner gets feminized

The sexting ex-pol and his wife tell People he has been domesticated -- by doing the couple's laundry

Topics: Anthony Weiner, Sex, Scandal, Sexting,

Anthony Weiner gets feminizedAnthony Weiner (Credit: AP)

In Anthony Weiner’s first joint interview with wife Huma Abedin one thing sticks out (aside from the photo of their absurdly adorable 6-month-old): He’s doing the laundry. Abedin tells People, “Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” and the magazine immediately follows up the quote with proof. It turns out Weiner “does all the laundry.” What a catch, that guy!

Sorry to be cynical here — I mean, I  hope he really does do all the dirty laundry — but there’s a Downy whiff of political calculation here. Is there a more obvious way to show that the sext-crazed ex-congressman has been reformed than to paint him as a laundering hausfrau? Behold, domesticated, feminized Weiner! The Daily Mail went so far as to accompany its coverage of the People interview with a photo of him picking up Abedin’s dry cleaning. You know a man’s in the doghouse when he’s doing women’s work. Next up I expect a GQ photo shoot of Weiner — laundry basket on one hip, baby on the other.

To be clear, I don’t care how the couple has privately dealt with his sex scandal. What interests me is how Weiner may be attempting to “make it up” to the general public, especially amid rumors of a run for mayor of New York.

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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