Wikipedia defines polymorphous perversity as "a psychoanalytic concept proposing the ability to gain sexual gratification outside socially normative sexual behaviors." Freud, for whom the word "perversion" is a non-judgmental term, came up with the term. For him "perversion" simply designated "behavior outside the socially acceptable norms of his era." He "theorized that some are born with unfocused pleasure/libidinal drives, deriving pleasure from any part of the body. The objects and modes of pleasurable satisfaction are multifarious, directed at every object that might provide pleasure. Polymorphous perverse sexuality continues from infancy through about age five, progressing through three distinct developmental stages: the oral stage, anal stage, and genital / phallic stage. Only in subsequent developmental stages do children learn to constrain drives towards pleasure-satisfaction to socially accepted norms, culminating in adult heterosexual behavior focused on the genitals and reproduction or sublimations of the procreative drive." Matt Gaetz just never grew up; that's my diagnosis, not Freud's. "Freud thought that during this stage of undifferentiated impulse for pleasure, incestuous and bisexual urges are normal. Lacking knowledge that certain modes of gratification are forbidden, the polymorphously perverse child seeks gratification wherever it occurs."
"Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his past and looks forward to marrying the love of his life." Would that be Nestor Galban, his "son?" He acquired Nestor-- who has a real father, still alive and having not given up his son for adoption to any pedophiles from Florida-- about 8 years ago when Nestor was 12. (When confronted with the fact that no adoption papers exist, Gaetz replied that "Our relationship as a family is defined by our love for each other, not by any paperwork.") Just for the record: Gaetz, who holds a 0% rating with the Human Rights Campaign and who opposed the LGBT Equality Act, has never been the legal guardian of Nestor. Nor has he ever commonly referred to him as his “son.” In the past, he’s called Nestor a “helper,” a “House page,” and a “local student.” And everyone is still waiting for Lindsey Graham to introduce us to his adoptive son.
Or maybe he wasn't referring to Nestor but was thinking about another past relationship he cherished, his male roommate at Florida State who died while he and Matt were likely engaged in some autoerotic asphyxiation sex play. What a coverup that was!!
This time a coverup is more difficult and Gaetz seems inappropriately overjoyed that his most current sexscapades are with girls, not boys. On Friday, Matt Zapotosky reported "Gaetz repeatedly boasted to people involved in Florida politics about women he met through a county tax collector who has since been charged by federal authorities with sex trafficking of a minor, according to two people who heard his comments directly. They said the Republican congressman, first elected in 2016, also showed them videos on his phone of naked or topless women on multiple occasions, including at parties with Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector for Seminole County." One was the now-famous naked lady with a hula hoop video. At this point Gaetz still "has not been charged with a crime."
But... "Federal law enforcement officials suspect that Greenberg procured a number of women for Gaetz and are exploring whether they sometimes shared sexual partners, including at least one girl who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged encounter... In addition to the charge of child sex trafficking, Greenberg faces a host of other allegations. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial this summer... Gaetz is suspected of patronizing websites that allow men to set up dates with women in exchange for dinners or hotel stays, a person familiar with the matter said. It is not a crime to use such services unless money is exchanged explicitly for sex. Investigators have obtained witness testimony and other evidence suggesting Gaetz did so, a person familiar with the matter said... Investigators also are exploring allegations that Gaetz and others used illegal drugs during some of their encounters with women."
When contacted Friday to ask about the claims that he boasted of women he met through Greenberg and showed people videos of naked women, among other allegations, Gaetz responded with a statement by text message.
“I have never paid for sex. I have never had sex with an underage person as an adult,” Gaetz wrote. “I have dated women in college and graduate school, and have boasted about how great they are across the board, as boyfriends do. At times women I have dated have joined me at campaign events.”
People who know Gaetz said his social life and behavior shifted as his celebrity grew.
CNN reported Thursday that Gaetz had used his phone to show fellow lawmakers similar photos and videos of nude women, including while on the House floor. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, the network reported. Neither Gaetz nor his spokesman responded to CNN’s questions about the allegations.
...As a congressman, Gaetz often has charted his own way in the Republican conference, frequently criticizing leaders and scoffing at raising money for party efforts. He has long been a vocal proponent of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use and became an outspoken defender of former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) after intimate nude photos of her were published online in an apparent effort to embarrass her.
“Who among us would look perfect if every ex leaked every photo/text?” Gaetz tweeted in 2019 as Hill faced internal investigation over allegations she had an intimate relationship with a staffer. “Katie isn’t being investigated by Ethics or maligned because she hurt anyone-- it is because she is different.”
After reports surfaced this week that Gaetz faced investigation for a potential sex crime, Hill tweeted-- without mentioning him specifically-- “A 17 year old girl is a girl, not a woman. Statutory rape is rape, not anything else.” Hill could not be reached for comment.
In 2017, Gaetz was the only member of Congress to vote against a human-trafficking bill, arguing then that he opposed the measure because it would “create more federal government.” The bill directed the Transportation Department to appoint a point person and advisory committee to coordinate human-trafficking prevention efforts. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the cost of the bill at about $1 million over four years.
The move stood in contrast from Gaetz’s work while in the Florida legislature, where one of his priorities was to strengthen laws against human trafficking and prostitution. He co-sponsored legislation in 2012 to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to intercept communications and prosecute such crimes. A year later, he targeted massage parlors, saying he wanted to “go after those” engaged in sexual exploitation, and later helped pass legislation that further increased penalties for such crimes-- a measure that was needed, he said, “for the protection of young people.”
At times in recent years, though, Gaetz was known to remark about hanging out with crowds younger than himself. Three people involved in the 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Ron DeSantis said that Gaetz, an adviser who later helped lead DeSantis’s transition team, repeatedly suggested that events be scheduled in a way that would “end the night in a college town.” These people said that, although the suggestions seemed lighthearted, they understood Gaetz to be implying that he wanted to visit bars in those communities. Gaetz turned 36 during the DeSantis campaign.
The Daily Mail reported that Gaetz s expected to be indicted within the next few weeks" and that his "arrest is said to be imminent after the alleged victim, who has not been named, testified before a Florida grand jury this week saying she had sex with the conservative Republican before she turned 18." The Mail further asserts that Greenberg (currently in jail and possibly very open to a plea bargain) has ratted him out. A Mail source: "Rest assured that Greenberg has been singing to the feds about his friend Matt Gaetz. That's why Matt is so freaked out."
Everyone in Congress hates Gaetz, Republicans and Democrats. The Daily Beast's take is that Gaetz "has a less-than-sterling reputation among his congressional colleagues. More than a half-dozen lawmakers have spoken to these reporters about his love of alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as his proclivity for younger women. It’s well-known among Republican lawmakers that Gaetz was dating a college student-- one over the age of consent-- in 2018. She came to Washington as an intern... One former GOP staffer said Wednesday that their office had an informal rule to not allow their member to appear next to Gaetz during TV hits, fearful of the inevitable scandal that would come out one day... Gaetz may be finding generosity in short supply among his colleagues. Only two House Republicans jumped to his defense on Wednesday: Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Jim Jordan (R-OH), who himself has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual assault; and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has repeatedly boosted the QAnon conspiracy theory accusing Democrats of abusing children."
The cartoonishly scandalous perception of Gaetz is so commonplace that sometimes it’s visible, literally, in the halls of Congress. A Hill source sent the Daily Beast a photo of a trash bin outside Gaetz's office as lawmakers cleared out their offices at the end of a recent session. At the top of the heap was an empty Costco-size box of “Bareskin” Trojan condoms.
While he’s openly courted a number of women in Washington, Gaetz has not exactly made it a priority to court fellow lawmakers since arriving in Congress in 2017. He even wears his reluctance to win friends and influence GOP lawmakers as a badge of honor.
...His desire to be on TV most days of the week has shown lawmakers what Matt Gaetz’s primary goal is in Congress: the promotion of Matt Gaetz. He rarely partners with colleagues on bills and has yet to see any legislation he authored become law. Constant rumors about his ambition to seek higher office in Florida-- or even Alabama-- underscored the perception he didn’t prioritize the job.
In short Gaetz came under investigation by the Trump Justice Department for using Apple Pay and Cash App to pay multiple women for ecstasy-fueled sexual encounters at multiple Florida hotels, including at least one underage girl. And just when he would desperately need one most, Gaetz's long-time comms director, Luke Ball, quit Gaetz's 2 most recent Tweets claims that "The media protects Democrats and seeks to attack Republicans," especially Trumpists, and alludes to a Israel also trying to target Gaetz. This gets crazier and crazier by the day-- part of the Trump-Gaetz strategy of "flooding the zone," by I suspect that Gaetz is going to wind up in prison relatively quickly (for a connected rich white male).