It seems like everywhere I look today, people are weighing in on Silda Wall Spitzer's decision to stand by her husband while he apologized for soliciting prostitutes. The debates are all over the place, with some people saying she should have punched him in the face, while others, including everyone's favorite, Dr. Laura, say that it is Silda's fault her husband solicited hookers (because she didn't make him feel like enough of a man).
The real issue here, I think, is not that Silda stood by her husband while he apologized for his infidelity. That is her private decision, and he is a politician for crying out loud, so I am sure that factored into her decision. The real issue here is that everyone thinks they can pass judgment on Silda Wall Spitzer's actions. All of a sudden, the media are focusing their attention on HER instead of on her whore-loving husband. If people feel the need to get all uppity and judge someone, why not make it him? Why are her actions even being debated in the first place?
I think that it boils down to the fact that she is a woman, and somehow there are lots of people out there who think that they have the right to judge a woman's actions, especially when it comes to a domestic situation like a marriage. Can you imagine how the media would behave had a female politician been the one soliciting hookers? I am willing to bet that the focus would not be on her husband.
The Daily Show's own fabulous Samantha Bee gave her take on this issue last night:
Interesting how much funnier it is for everyone to see the tables turned, as if they can't imagine a woman being with prostitutes, or that her husband (dressed like a woman, of course) would stand by her if that were the case. Oh, double standards, what would we do without you?