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Why Do Female Politicians Avoid Sex Scandals? One Word: Sexism

Women who stray from their relationships face a different set of consequences.

Nikki Haley, one of the few female politicians who has weathered a sex scandal, denied the whole thing.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Cheated on His Wife and Got Drunk; Big Deal

A writer asks us to stop ignoring the fact that the civil rights leader was a human being.


For years now the white power organization Stormfront has parked an anti-Martin Luther King Jr. website at MartinLutherKing.org, the hope being, presumably, that people innocuously searching for information about the civil rights leader will be shocked upon discovering that King drank alcohol and had extramarital affairs. Today, hopefully, the purveyors of that website may think about taking it down.

That's because in today's Washington Post, on the 43rd anniversary of King's assassination, writer Hampton Sides makes the very important, oft-overlooked point that a man's flaws don't necessarily outweigh their contributions to the world. After noting that one of King's mistresses had spent the night with King the evening before he was killed, Sides writes, "King was a human being: flawed, vulnerable, uncertain about the future, subject to appetites and buffeted by the extraordinary stresses of his position. His civil rights cause was holy, but he was a sinner."

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Two days ago we asked our followers if they think adultery should be punishable by fine. We collected some of our favorite responses below. We ask a question to our Twitter faithful once a day, so if you're not yet following @GOOD, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

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