Last night my husband and I watched the CBS Evening News and listened to anchorman Scott Pelley talk about how General David Petraeus had been “brought low” by a woman. I was so livid I put the program on pause so I could rant about how women are always blamed for men’s downfalls. My husband sat silently, allowing me to vent, before he said simply, “I don’t disagree with you.” He knows which side his bread is buttered on.
This morning I read that Virginia Beach-based religious broadcaster Pat Robertson addressed the issue of Petraeus’s affair by saying, “The man’s off in a foreign land, and he’s lonely, and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him. I mean, he’s a man.” I wanted to tear my hair out.
I am so sick of hearing how at the root of every man’s downfall is a trampy woman, as if men had no choice in the matter. As if they are powerless to exercise self control. Women are still seen as the little vixens tempting all the Adams out there, luring them into their traps with an apple.
I have nothing more I want to say about this except if men are supposedly so weak, why do they always get to be the ones in charge? If we women are so powerful, why aren’t more of us elected to high office?