"There may be something else at work: Research points to a substantial gender gap in the way women and men approach running for office. 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."
See? In her worldview, powerful women might be driven to bed good-looking men as much as powerful men are driven to bed good-looking women. But "research points" to another explanation for why they do not.
And what is that other reason? Stolberg quotes a fellow feminist.
"'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."
Aha! Women politicians are more noble.
Later in her article, Stolberg reinforces -- perhaps sensing that even New York Times readers might find the "women are more noble" than men explanation tough to take -- her original denial that the issue is male sexual nature. She writes: "Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers, said her studies on adultery show that, at least under the age of 40, women are equally as likely to engage in it as men. She theorizes that perhaps women are simply more clever about not getting caught."
So, then, women politicians are not more noble than their male colleagues, just better at not getting caught!
But then Stolberg reverts to her original thesis by noting that "Dee Dee Myers, a press secretary to President Bill Clinton ... and the author of 'Why Women Should Rule the World,' surmises that male politicians feel invincible. It would be impossible, she said, to imagine Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker, doing anything like what Mr. Weiner did."
Of course, it is impossible to imagine Nancy Pelosi doing anything like Anthony Weiner did. But not because powerful men think they are invincible and powerful women do not, but because of male sexual nature.
Powerful men are involved in sex scandals because they think they can get away with doing so, and because the drive to do what they did is so powerful they risk everything they cherish in life for it.
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