What does it say about our times when Barbara Walters presents her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 and includes a woman whose ‘fascination’ is that she wouldn’t stand beside her husband, South Carolina’s Governor Mark Stanford, while he admitted his philandering at a presser?
Of course, Walters knows of what she speaks, given she famously admitted to her own affairs in a recent memoir.
These things happen, obviously and while it’s all very noble sporting to pillory the philanderer, it’s preposterous to ennoble the aggrieved.
By, in effect, choosing sides like this (no more standing by your man), Barbara Walters seems to be making this a sexist issue and, given that stats show women are increasingly catching up on the cheating curve, it’s hard to see how this serves a greater social morality … whatever that is any more.
Jenny Sanford didn’t stand beside Mark at the presser because she wasn’t asked to … but she claims she wouldn’t have anyway. Good for her. But the fascinating aspect of these things is that some women do … and some women hold out for $55 million to prolong their agony for a couple of years.
Now that’s fascinating.