The headline read, “In U.S. Scandals, Wives Don't Stand by Their Men”, immediately equating common sense to the strains of a country classic, performed by a woman whose husband was a notorious nogoodnick. Grrr.
The gist of the story was that neither Ruth Madoff nor Jenny Sanford have quietly stood by in silent support of their husband’s ridiculously callous behaviors and actions.
I cannot tell you how very, very disappointed I was (and still am) in Hilary Clinton’s inaction when her husband … husband! … went through that fun-fest of infidelity and perjury. To be honest, I was more disgusted with her than with him (although the fact that he wasn’t man enough to own up to it really peeved me).
Ruth Madoff has admitted to being embarrassed and ashamed while feeling completely betrayed by Bernie’s actions. Good. She’ll have 150 years to rub it in.
Jenny Sanford stated, "His career is not a concern of mine, he's going to have to worry about that. I'm worried about my family and the character of my children" when asked about her husband Mark’s alleged Argentinian affair. Good!
What really peeves me about the article is it’s tone, though … which appears to be casting a negative view on these women by saying such things as, "It may be that women just feel that they can do whatever they want.” Um, yes, yes they can.
In this day and age most of us see the quiet, supportive wife as a ridiculous throwback to the barefoot-and-in-the-kitchen age … or as a woman who is perfectly willing to compromise her own values for the greater good of her personal comfort or political goals.