Now, In Light of New Rape Revelations, Bill Cosby’s Bestselling Books on Family, Love and Sex Are Not Cool

Bill Cosby VICTORIA WILL/INVISION/AP
Bill Cosby
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“Sex at my age has become exhausting,” Bill Cosby lamented in 1987, upon turning 50. This was one year after he allegedly assaulted 18-year-old Barbara Bowman in a Reno hotel room, and two decades into what appears to be a hidden life now broken wide open with accusations of drugging, rape and harassment from dozens of women.

But in his book “Time Flies,” published at the height of Cosbydom, America’s favorite father told us he wasn’t that into sex anymore.

“Just as I no longer can go one-on-one in basketball the way I once did, I also lack the stamina to go one-on-one in bed the way I did in my salad days,” Cosby wrote. But it was all right, he assured fans. “I am actually in tune with the times, for recent surveys have revealed that most women would rather cuddle than have sex, and I am the Clark Gable of cuddlers.”

In the mid-to-late 1980s, Cosby authored three best-selling books:“Fatherhood,” “Time Flies” and “Love and Marriage.” Together, they’re a PG-13 telling of Cosby’s life, brimming with adorable anecdotes and Huxtable-safe punch lines. There is no mention of Cosby’s wild years living in Los Angeles, away from family and restraint; no Playboy Mansion parties with his pal Hef; no estrangement from his second-eldest daughter; not even memories of his years in the Navy. And certainly no affairs, no briefcases packed with pills, no cash payments for women claiming he was the father of their children.

Yet even this heavily sanitized Cosby is revealing. This story purports to be his own life, in his own words, a tale coming “not from Heathcliff but Bill,” he emphasizes. And lurking among the laugh lines and life lessons is an intensely vain man, fixated on sex; a man for whom women can stir violence or desire; a man seeking to appease his wife while remaining aware of his darker appetites. It would be too much to say that these pages foreshadow the accusations before Cosby today — they don’t. But they don’t really contradict them, either.

Yes, the books are still funny. But reading them now, they’re mostly creepy.

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Source: Washington Post | Carlos Lozada

 

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