Price: History full of relationships that raise eyebrows

Honorable men and virtuous women have been around a long time. But since the "fall of man," so have lecherous men and promiscuous women.

It's called good and evil or right and wrong, if you will.


History is full of relationships and or encounters that at the least raise our eyebrows. For example:

It is believed that the Virgin Mary married Joseph when she was 16.

Cleopatra's first marriage was to her 10-year-old brother.

The prophet Muhammad was married to a 6-year-old.

Entertainers from years gone by were infamous for getting involved with individuals with what at the time were called groupies. David Bowie had an affair with a 14-year-old named Lori Mattix. Later, Jimmy Page, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin, had the band's manager kidnap her for himself so he could woo her. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith somehow took legal custody of a 16-year-old. Under apparent pressure from him, she would later abort his child. Jerry Lee Lewis of “Great Balls of Fire” fame married his 13-year-old cousin.

Ted Nugent had a hit song called "Jail Bait" while he was allegedly dating a 13-year-old.

There are multiple things that come to mind as we watch heads explode over the sexual harassment accusation of the day. It appears we now have arrived in our society where women seem to be coming out of the woodwork making claims about powerful men, be they entertainers, politicians or just generally high profile. We in turn seem to be judging and finding them guilty or not guilty depending upon what our opinion is of them.

Now while I kind of want to take a shower every time a politician's name is mentioned, I am still of the opinion that no one is guilty until it is proven in a court of law or at the very least admitted to. We know what Ted Kennedy did and didn't do but he became what his party called the "Lion of the Senate." Bill Clinton has been accused of rape, but until there is proof, I have to accept his denial. And yes, the same goes for Roy Moore, for while much of public opinion has him culpable, absolutely nothing at this point has been substantiated.

So as we slowly move toward the "end times," I think we should remember that men have this thing called testosterone, which if poorly used can and has resulted in unacceptable behavior. Women have something called hormones, which as we know have been known to attract testosterone. This does in no way excuse poor behavior, but it does bring some perspective to the issue.

Finally, I truly wish more women would have the courage to confront aggressive male behavior before it gets out of hand. I understand that this can be difficult for someone on the job who fears the loss of that job if she doesn't submit. I recently asked my daughter, who is a nurse, about her experience with things like this, and since I suspect the apple doesn't fall very fall from the tree, she told me she simply tells him to “**** off!” At least it seems to work for her.

Dave Price writes from Sykesville.