As the 2012 election went to the wire, the White House candidates had one serious competitor for headlines: the Zumba Madam. Alexis Wright—a fitness instructor in Kennebunk, Maine—had serviced a lengthy list of wellheeled johns for a year and a half before getting busted. To their dismay, Ms. Wright kept accurate records.
In Maine, hiring a hooker is just a misdemeanor. Prostitution is next to legal already. But the Zumba Madam johns’ real fear was the Scarlet Letter factor: Being named and shamed as a consort of harlots in puritanical New England is a fate worse than prison. Anyone who doesn’t laugh at the idiocy of that in the 21st century is stuck in a prudish past.