Jeanne Zaino: Where Are the 'Bad' Girls?: Why More Female Politcians Engaged in Scandal Might Be a Good Thing
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If a female politician was caught photographing her pubic area and texting it to young men, would she still be a candidate?
This question, posed by Gloria Steinem at a recent screening of the film Lovelace, got me thinking. She is right. A female pol couldn't get away with the type of behavior we've seen from Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Gerry Studds, John Ensign, Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, David Vitter, and the countless male politicians who have been embroiled in sex scandals and lived to tell about it.
But I would go further than Steinem and suggest that until this happens, until female politicians are engaged in scandal to the same extent as men and treated equally when their indignities are revealed, we cannot claim to have achieved parity in politics.
Now I know what you're thinking: You want women to become entangled sex scandals? No, I don't want anyone -- male or female -- to engage in this behavior. But human nature being what it is, the
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