Peeping Tom in the Bush

There’s an eerie sexual aspect to Dubya’s illegal domestic spying program, and that is nonconsensual voyeurism. The man in our White House is a man who likes to listen in on people’s private conversations and won’t even ask permission, even though permission is ridiculously easy to get. The man is a Peeping Tom. We impeached one president over a botched blow-job. But being a Peeping Tom is worse. For one thing, it’s not consensual.

Why didn’t Bush get warrants for his eavesdropping from the FISA Court when they were so easy to get? Why do some men only get aroused when they’re doing something they’re not supposed to be doing?

Some of my sex therapy clients are Peeping Toms, many of them professional, church-going family men. They like to Sneak a Peek into the windows of their neighbors, spy on them when they’re taking a shower, getting dressed, having sex, masturbating, watching TV, playing with their dog, paying their bills, whatever. I try to help them to stop expressing their voyeuristic desires in this way; it’s illegal, invasive, nonconsensual and wrong.

I usually suggest that they try to enjoy some form of consensual voyeurism, like watching their wives undress or go to strip clubs to look at women doing *nasty* things or look at all the willing exhibitionists on the web. Almost to a Tom, they’re not interested. They sneer at my suggestions as if I’m offering candy when what they want is cocaine. What they want is the thrill of doing something they’re not supposed to be doing. The thrill of watching someone who doesn’t know they’re being watched, or doesn’t want to be watched. The thrill of doing something illicit, illegal. The thrill of putting one over on someone. The thrill of the Peeping Tom.

There’s a Peeping Tom in the Bush. And we just caught him with his pants down. When trapped, he started squawking about how when he’s peeping, he’s really protecting us. Peeping Toms, caught in the act, often claim that they were really “protecting” or “watching over” the person they’re spying on. Let’s not fall for that crap. This Peeping Tom Bush is spying for his own personal and political purposes, his own illicit desire to eavesdrop on certain people, many of whom have never communicated with a terrorist but may have been opposed to his policies. Like more aggressive criminal voyeurs, he’s a slippery one; he confesses but doesn’t apologize, then tries to blame the whistle-blowers, desperately attempting to divert the American public’s attention from the fact we caught him spying on us.

Let’s not let him get away with it, folks! There’s a Peeping Tom in the Bush, and for this and his other crimes, he should be tarred and feathered, censured and impeached in the Village Green.

Dr. SUSAN BLOCK is a sex educator, cable TV host and author of The 10 Commandments of Pleasure. Visit her BRAND NEW BLOGGAMY & POST COMMENTS at

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Susan Block, Ph.D., a.k.a. “Dr. Suzy,” is a world renowned LA sex therapist, author of The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure and horny housewife, occasionally seen on HBO and other channels. For information and speaking engagements, call 626-461-5950. Email her at