This has been one helluva five days for men. Let me be more specific: for libidinous, powerful men who think the normal rules of life and morality don’t apply to them. We’ve seen it happen time and time again. But it always stuns and amazes us when a master of the universe is caught doing what others before him have been caught doing through the ages — much to the humiliation of family, friends and, sometimes, nations.
The “fun” began five days ago when the Senate ethics committee released its scathing report on disgraced former senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) The report portrayed Ensign as the creepy protagonist in an elaborate case of adultery and sexual harassment. Ensign resigned his seat effective May 3, presumably hoping that his departure would scuttle the release of the damning document. No such luck.
Over the weekend, we were stunned by the news that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and potential candidate for president of France, stood accused of attempted rape of a maid in a posh Manhattan hotel suite. Adding to the furor are allegations against the Frenchman by other women. Strauss-Kahn was plucked from his first-class seat on a flight at JFK International Airport mere minutes before its departure to Paris. He was denied bail. He has traded the swank Sofitel for a jail cell on the decidedly unchic Rikers Island. And now France is engaged in another bit of soul-searching.
And then this morning we were gobsmacked by the news that former California governor Arnold Schwarznegger (R) fathered a child more than a decade ago with a woman who worked for him and his family for 20 years. This comes after the news that he and Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger’s powerhouse wife of 25 years, had separated. Turns out, she moved out after Arnold fessed up to the affair and the child earlier this year.
Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn and Ensign aren’t the first to humiliate themselves and their families. And they won’t be the last, unfortunately. But these Y-chromosome transgressions just might cease if the electorate and men followed the advice dispensed today by former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm (D) on Twitter: