Rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Nanny Attraction
"Nurse and Child" by Mary Cassatt
The local CBS TV station in New York City recently ran “The
Nanny Attraction,” (“Moms Taking Steps to Defend Families From ‘NannyAttraction,’”CBS-New York, 2/15/16)
The segment aired on the ll:00 o’clock news anchored by Maurice Dubois and Kristine Johnson, a news program that recently broke the bank in the area of insipid news by running a segment on a postman who was chased by dog. An example of
their medical coverage is a story reported by their resident authority, Dr. Max
Gomez entitled “New Lip Implant Offers Natural, Soft Look”(CBS-NewYork, 2/11/16). But cutting to the
chase any woman stupid enough to hire a good looking young nanny deserves what
she gets. Don’t they read ("The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny,"The Daily Beast, ll/11/15)? Ben Affleck, Gavin Rossdale, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin
Williams and Mick Jagger are all pointed to in in The Daily Beast expose as examples of celebrities who had or were suspected ot have had
affairs with their nannies. Investigative reporting? The brunt of the in-depth examination by CBS's Hazel Sanchez had to do with various consultants who help prospective
parents to profile nannies in order to make sure they’re stable. But this again
misses the point. We assume any good-looking nanny is a gold digger. So the one
doing the profiling should not be the parents, but rather the nanny who, before
spreading her legs, should analyze the spreadsheet of the man whose affections
she may end up stealing. ‘Watch out what you want for you may get it” is the
homily that should be emblazoned on the consciousness of nubile nannies looking
for Mr. Right. A fetching nanny is going places and the last thing she needs is
to book passage on a sinking ship.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.