Sometimes a Strip Poker Invite Is Just a Strip Poker Invite

 

Even Freud recognized that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. As embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) fights off allegations ranging from the unserious (covering up the number of Covid deaths in state nursing homes) to the very serious (complimenting a woman’s haircut), it’s time our culture readdressed power dynamics, sexual harassment, and the #MeToo movement.

According to an AP report, a former member of the governor’s administration said that Cuomo suggested that they should play strip poker. Many readers, including myself, are asking the question has that ever worked?

Our era is one in which everything is fraught with a hidden meaning, usually of a sexual nature. Long gone are the days when a man can innocently invite an unpaid female intern who’s young enough to be his daughter to play strip poker without it being interpreted as something inappropriate.

Men have been reminded repeatedly that No means no. This is as it should be. But shouldn’t it be equally clear that “Would you like to play a form of poker with me in which the player with the losing hand forfeits an item of clothing until we’re both naked?” means exactly that and nothing else? Why does everything have to be seen through a sexual lens?

Frankly, I don’t even see the connection. What – is the idea that proposing to a subordinate that repairing to a cozy place where we can enjoy little privacy and play some cards in the nude somehow has sexual overtones? I honestly don’t get it.

Now don’t get me wrong: one should never make such a proposal. Not because of any alleged sexual connotation but because it’s a cliché. What could be more hackneyed than me, a 50-year-old man living on a juggler’s salary trying to earn a little a few bucks off the new hire with an all-night round of strip poker?

If the people of New York believe Cuomo should resign, then he should do so. I have nothing personal against him. In fact, some of my best friends have made utterly counterintuitive decisions that cost the lives of thousands of people and then attempted to cover it up.

This just in: Cuomo has received a special Granny Award™ for his handling of the Covid crisis.

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  1. cdor Member
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    Agreed wholeheartedly, what’s a little strip poker amongst friends? Could there be a more innocent interaction?

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  2. David Deeble Member
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    The way I see it, it’s just a bunch of dudes hangin’ out and doin’ what dudes do. 

     

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  3. cdor Member
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    David Deeble (View Comment):

    The way I see it, it’s just a bunch of dudes hangin’ out and doin’ what dudes do.

     

    Strip poker with just a bunch of dudes? DUDE…Whaaaat?

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  4. David Deeble Member
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    Like I say, it’s totally innocent. 

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  5. The Reticulator Member
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    David Deeble (View Comment):
    Like I say, it’s totally innocent.

    And if you think otherwise, it’s because you have a dirty mind and shouldn’t be allowed to associate with anyone else.

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  6. Vance Richards Member
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    David Deeble: Now don’t get me wrong: one should never make such a proposal. Not because of any alleged sexual connotation but because it’s a cliché. What could be more hackneyed than me, a 50-year old man living on a juggler’s salary trying to earn a little a few bucks off the new hire with an all-night round of strip poker? 

    I have to imagine there is not much call for remote-juggling during the lockdown.

    And sure, maybe there wasn’t anything sexual about it. Perhaps he was just hoping he could win himself a nice blouse in case he ever decides to transition. People always assume the worst.

     

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  7. Percival Thatcher
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    The question as to whether a woman “wants to wrassle” has apparently been misinterpreted. I regret the imputation of impropriety that has been attached to this inquiry.

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  8. Flicker Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    The question as to whether a woman “wants to wrassle” has apparently been misinterpreted. I regret the imputation of impropriety that has been attached to this inquiry.

    I depends on your species.  If you’re an alligator, it’ a legitimate question.

    Added: You don’t mention a bikini, do you?

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  9. Hugh Member
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    “Special Granny Award…”

    (snort) Ha!

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  10. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    I don’t know much about gambling, but isn’t the enticement supposed to be something desirable?  Who on Earth would want to see Governor Cuomo naked?  California’s governor actually is pretty good looking,  so maybe he could get a few takers.  But as Saturday Night Live pointed out, Cuomo looks like the face Moe the bartender from The Simpsons was based on.

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  11. Percival Thatcher
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I don’t know much about gambling, but isn’t the enticement supposed to be something desirable? Who on Earth would want to see Governor Cuomo naked? California’s governor actually is pretty good looking, so maybe he could get a few takers. But as Saturday Night Live pointed out, Cuomo looks like the face Moe the bartender from The Simpsons was based on.

    The only picture of Andrew Cuomo that I want to see is one of him being led out of a courthouse in handcuffs.

    A raincoat-over-his-head would be a nice touch.

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