Aaron Hernandez is alleged to be a cold-blooded killer. However, a minor detail like the premeditated pumping of five bullets into a friend wouldn't be a reason for female hybristophiles to disregard the NFL tight end's hotness. On the contrary - female hybristophiles are women who are sexuoerotically excited by a person who has committed a gruesome crime or atrocity.
Hybristophilia is not a new phenomenon; Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and even O.J. Simpson were all post-murder objects of female attraction. Scott Peterson killed his wife Laci and unborn son Conner and then disposed of their bodies while actively courting Amber Frey. Then, during Peterson's trial and subsequent imprisonment, he garnered a sizable female following and received a few marriage proposals.
Convicted Dutch murderer Joran van der Sloot, who is suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalie Holloway in Aruba and who was later convicted of murdering 21-year-old Lima, Peru business student Stephany Flores, is currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peru - and planning to marry apparent hybristophile Leydi Figueroa Uceda. Even accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is getting attention from a throng of thong-wearing hybristophiles.
The problem is that society as a whole is increasingly desensitized to murder. After all, American women themselves have callously murdered 60 million unborn children since 1973, haven't they? Hence, if the one doing the offing is a muscular, tattooed gridiron star with dimples, so what if a semi-pro football player like Odin Lloyd is driven out to a remote spot and eliminated execution-style?
As one smitten hybristophile put it on Twitter, "I wish Aaron Hernandez wasn't so sexy cause then I would care more that he killed someone."
In the world of politics, one can't help but wonder whether, when suffragettes like Alice Paul fought for a woman's right to vote, they ever thought some of the voices they wanted to be heard would let neurotic romanticism drive their choices. And while politics is a far cry from hybristophilia, the disorder does have a strange resemblance to the way women as a voting bloc tend to choose less-than-stellar politicians to lead the nation.
For lack of a better term, let's say too many women who are attracted to a politician based almost exclusively on juvenile infatuation, sex-related entitlements, and government-funded abortion could be considered political hybristophiles.
Just like Aaron Hernandez's groupies, in politics, as long as the prescription for birth control is free and women can fantasize about a handsome liberal politician in a pair of baggy swimming trunks, those afflicted with political hybristophilia don't seem all that perturbed that the result of their fixation is that America ends up like Odin Lloyd.
For example, Bill Clinton, serial philanderer, liar, and all around bad boy, was the inspiration for political hybristophilia. Despite his adulterous activity, accusations of rape and sexual abuse, and his spindly-finger-pointing, female voters swooned over him, so much so that they carried him to two-term glory based on his -- although excuse me for disagreeing -- raw sex appeal.
According to Marla Crider, a woman who worked with Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas and who claims she had an affair with him, women were "literally mesmerized" by Clinton. Obviously those ladies were of the same ilk as those who are currently saying things like, "Am I the only one who thinks Aaron Hernandez is still sexy even if he is a murderer?"
And now we have Barack Obama. Besides younger bikini-clad women professing that they 'have a crush on Barack,' older women are supposedly searching for their own "Obama-esque man." Thus, the gender gap, with women heavily favoring Barack Obama, is what got him reelected in 2012.
What could any woman see in a man who dismisses female reporters by calling them "sweetie" and pays female staffers less than their male counterparts? And why would women support a president who has sentenced America to unrelenting economic instability, national insecurity, and worldwide disdain?
Who are these women who would vote against their maternal instincts for a man who champions killing the unborn, who couldn't care less if a baby 20+ weeks in-utero experiences excruciating pain while being aborted, and has no problem leaving a baby born alive in a botched abortion to die cold, thirsty, and gasping for air?
Political hybristophiles are American women more impressed with the fact that Obama sings along with Justin Timberlake than they are with having a president who bans White House tours for budgetary reasons while taking a $100-million African excursion toting along the wife, kids, his extended family, and 'Love to love ya' baby' Reggie Love.
Sorry to say, but these ladies are emotionally stuck in junior high, having a schoolgirl-style crush on a popular guy who slaps around his girlfriends now and then, but looks hot on the basketball court.
I know, leave Mr. Obama alone, because to women with no grasp on reality, just like Aaron Hernandez, Barack is "sexy as hell." After all, there are some women more enthralled with how Hernandez looks in tight spandex football pants than they are appalled that the man they fantasize about put a 27-year-old man six feet under.
And so, for idealistic women suffering from a political form of hybristophilia, supporting politicians like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama certainly isn't the same as having a bizarre attraction to a killer like Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, or even Aaron Hernandez. Yet, in a way, political hybristophilia is far worse, because foolish women who support liberal politicians for banal, self-serving reasons are helping transform every American into Odin Lloyd.
Jeannie hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com