Kevin Spacey is sexy. I can feel your opposition as I type this but stay with me for a moment. After viewing in a marathon session the first season of House of Cards, I have concluded that in this context his presence to be appealing. His character, Francis Underwood is commanding, cunning, fascinating and relentless. Cross him at your own peril. Viewers should be revolted and appalled by his lethal blows. And yet, try taking your eyes off him.
In episode four, dripping in confidence and oozing power, Francis accepts Zoe Barnes’s (Kate Mara) sexual proposition. He appraises her apartment and body.
Francis: Do you have a man who cares for you? An older man.
Francis: But you’ve been with older men before.
Francis: Then you know they hurt you. And after they hurt you, they discard you.
Yes, I thought. Yes, this is true. I experienced this first hand at the age of nineteen when I dated a forty five year old successful, powerful man. I was adored, consumed and then unceremoniously spat out. And yet Francis’s come-on inspired in me a similar craving. Of coarse it’s an awful idea but there is something deliciously intoxicating about what Francis is offering. Many women have and will continue to be drawn into an arrangement that provides close proximity to a man of authority and strength often significantly older.