Originally posted by Suzianne
Well, it's not going to happen. Imagine the political hay that could be made with a divorcee running for President.
Yes, most American show a terrific disregard for priorities.
"Imagine the political hay that could be made with a divorcee running for President."
Ronald Reagan, a divorced man, was twice elected US President.
There may be a 'double standard', however, against a divorced woman.
In contrast to Americans' 'puritanical' public standards of sexual conduct,
the French elected Francois Mitterrand as their president. During the 1974
election (which he lost), Mitterrand had impregnated his mistress, Anne Pingeot
(who was 27 years younger). She gave birth to their 'illegitimate' daughter.
Mitterrand was then living with his wife, Danielle, *and* her lover, while his
mistress lived nearby. After becoming president in 1981, Mitterrand preferred
to spend his nights with his mistress rather than in his official residence, the
Elysee Palace. As president, Mitterrand appointed another former mistress,
Edith Cresson, prime minister of France. At times, as one may imagine, he
found it rather awkward to keep all many the women in his life contented.
I don't know of any evidence this made Mitterrand worse as a president of France.
If I mentioned this as a widely accepted part of French culture, then I suspect
that some of the extremely judgmental conservative American or British men
(some of whom seem to want adultery to be a criminal offense) in the Spirituality
forum would start raving again about 'moral depravity'--the French's or mine.
"Dangerous liaisons: Why the French still do it in style
The latest sociologists' myth is that Frenchmen no longer have mistresses,
they only have affairs"
--Suzanne Lowry (2 April 1999)
"The French were amazed and fascinated--rather than shocked--when
(Francois Mitterrand) was publicly mourned by two families (my note: his
wife's and his mistress's) when he died in 1996."