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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What if Weiner was a woman

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

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Imagine Sue Myrick or Nancy Pelosi being on Twitter and sending racy messages attached with photos of their boobs. Hard to picture, right? The New York Times pondered this question over the weekend: Why don't women get caught in political sex scandals?

You could easily say look at the women in politics. Aside from Sarah Palin, most of them look like someone's grandmother. And it's true that most congressmen look like someone's grandfather, old men with money and power have always turned people on.

Women have different reasons for running, are more reluctant to do so and, because there are so few of them in politics, are acutely aware of the scrutiny they draw — all of which seems to lead to differences in the way they handle their jobs once elected.“The shorthand of it is that women run for office to do something, and men run for office to be somebody,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “Women run because there is some public issue that they care about, some change they want to make, some issue that is a priority for them, and men tend to run for office because they see this as a career path.”

Studies show that women are less likely to run for office; it is more difficult to recruit them, even when they have the same professional and educational qualifications as men.

Sadly, when it comes to equal rights and equal screwups, women are still behind the 8-ball. And when a women politician wins a seat, we expect her to work, all the while giving the boys a chance to play with themselves and the law.

Celinda Lake, a Democratic strategist, says female politicians are punished more harshly than men for misbehavior. “When voters find out men have ethics and honesty issues, they say, ‘Well, I expected that,’ "  Ms. Lake said. “When they find out it’s a woman, they say, ‘I thought she was better than that.’ "

Shouldn't we expect better than that from all politicians, no matter if they sit or stand to pee?

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