Much as I hesitate to say this—based on a theory that goes, more or less, "Don't encourage him!"—I must commend The Macho Response's current blog on the sensational Hunter/Winfrey interview. Better than any other analysis I've read, TMR goes a long way toward explaining the surprisingly tame—in truth, almost solicitous—tone Oprah took in "confronting" John Edwards' mistress (and, of course, the mother of his love-child). Some reviewers missed the boat altogether.
In Rielle Hunter, after all, we have a woman who clearly and admittedly was "living in the Now" when she corralled John Edwards, and who also claims that her interest in "her Johnny" sprang from a near-philanthropic passion to "help him find his real self." In fact, as told to Oprah, Hunter came to regard their adulterous liaison as a mutual pilgrimage to authenticity, "personal truth" and overall harmony with the universe.
As TMR muses, what can Oprah—patron saint of the New Age in general and tireless advocate for offerings like The Secret in particular—possibly say to that? Indeed, if you watched the show and you listened carefully, what you heard was an hour-long treatise on precisely the sort of immersion in designer reality—and utter detachment from (and disavowal of) judgment and consequence—that forms the most socially destructive element of the New Age. And here is where I must confess that I've been remiss in not jumping on this angle of the interview myself.
TMR goes off the rails, as he often will, where he tries to generalize his thoughts to All Womandom, drifting into the realm of misogyny in a way that works to undermine both the elegance and credibility of his canny observations in certain limited areas. And it starts with his unfortunate choice for a headline. But the post itself is worth reading and thinking about.