“Women Share Blame for Cheating Men”

March 11, 2008

Caught your attention? It sure did mine as I was reading MSNBC headlines at lunch today. Dr. Laura Schlessinger (“Dr. Laura” in TV land) apparently made such a comment when asked about the news of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged connection to a prostitution ring.

Of all observations to make! Perhaps the fact that women often turn to prostitution for economic reasons might have warranted comment instead of blaming women for their cheating spouses. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for one’s own actions?

Women and economic security — now there’s an issue that should be grabbing the headlines in partnership with a story like this. If as much money was spent on programs that addressed the real problems facing individuals (building self-esteem, economic well-being, etc.) as is seemingly spent on erectile dysfunction drugs, then maybe individuals wouldn’t have to turn to the world’s oldest profession to earn a paycheck.

Fortunately, organizations like AAUW are looking at women and economic security — not only in our programming but also in our advocacy efforts. What can you do? Equal Pay Day is just around the corner (April 22, 2008). AAUW’s Pay Equity Ideas for Action can give you a bunch of great ideas — none of which have to do with blaming women.

Christy Jones, CAE By:   |   March 11, 2008


  1. Avatar Sandy Kirkpatrick says:

    The economic security of women is a very appropriate angle for AAUW to highlight in this case, and I’m glad you brought it up. But I also saw an interesting blog (Salon’s “Broadsheet”) on Schlessinger’s comments that looked at another aspect of her vitrol: how few women there are in cable talk shows, and how many of them are best known for bashing their own gender! Take a look at:

  2. Avatar Ann Herzog says:

    You speak my mind. Keep your comments coming!!!!

  3. Avatar Beckie Weinheimer says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Great article!

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