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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:03 PM

40. Seems to me the men are the ones being shamed here.


Not that women don't frequently get the short of the stick in sex scandals. It's still true that illicit sexual behavior is treated as a more damning thing for a woman to engage in than a man. We still have no words equivalent to "tramp" or "home-wrecker" that we pin on men.

But who's resigned here? Whose promotion has been delayed?

There's no question women typically get "slut shamed" where illicit sex is involved, and probably there is someone out there doing that, but I don't see a large-scale double-standard happening on this story. Clearly Petraeus is being treated as having caused his own problem.

It also appears that in a very real, reasonable sense, both Broadwell and Kelley acted in bizarre, foolish ways that caused the scandal itself to erupt. "Back off" e-mails sent from hotels and internet cafes? Getting a friendly FBI agent to launch a cybercrimes investigation?

Woman-shaming for sex, illicit or not, is not okay. But stupid shaming is fair game. Lot of stupid to go around on this one.

Allred's done some good work, but she's also a headline hound and a calculatedly abrasive shouter much of the time. She's perfectly willing to seek attention over actual principles when it suits her.

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