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New York Women Do Not Understand Huma Abedin’s Loyalty To Anthony Weiner

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Look, I’m not sure I understand Huma Abedin‘s loyalty to Anthony Weiner. If you were a beautiful, young woman, and you had a politico spouse who, after causing a public scandal by sending pictures of his penis to women, continued to do so, under the pseudonym Carlos Danger, wouldn’t it be logical to leave him? I don’t think anyone would fault Huma if she decided that maybe this relationship was less than ideal.

The New York Times talked to a variety of women about Huma’s loyalty and most of them said that they were… baffled, pretty much. Meanwhile, Gloria Steinem claimed:

I have no way of knowing whether Huma, for whom I have great respect, is responding out of new motherhood, the Stockholm syndrome or a mystery,” Gloria Steinem, the feminist activist, wrote in an e-mail.

“I strongly object to holding one spouse responsible for the other’s acts,” added Ms. Steinem, who has endorsed Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, in the mayoral race. “He’s the one who should get out of the race.”

You know, it is possible that they just have an open policy about this. Weiner might just like to send pictures of his genitals to strangers, and Huma could also be sending pictures of her genitals to strangers (and it just hasn’t come out in public yet). It’s possible that, as a couple, they are perfectly happy in ways that just seem surprising to the rest of us. But if that’s the case, maybe it would be better to say that than to keep insisting that Weiner’s a changed man.

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  • Senor_Kabong

    Huge dong!

  • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha

    I can see why she’s staying with him. It’s not a great situation, but she’s politically-minded. Unfortunately, she comes from an Indian/Pakistani background, and I believe she is Muslim, so on her own, despite her history working with Hillary Clinton, she would have less political clout because of our unfortunate societal attitudes toward Muslims. By playing the good wife, by being forgiving, she’s staying in the political spotlight, and she could parlay this into a stronger career for herself, not entirely unlike Clinton did after Bill Clinton’s sex scandal. It’s a crummy situation, and we certainly don’t know the intricacies of her relationship, but it will be fascinating to see where she goes.

  • Bedford Falls

    I figure that either she likes him so much that she doesn’t care, or she’s done something even worse.

    It doesn’t get more connected than being Hilary’s work wife. She doesn’t need her husband, career wise, and plenty of children survive divorce.

  • Tusconian

    Steinem’s comments bug me. For some reason, older feminist rhetoric seems to be more and more in like with the patriarchal infantilization and demeaning of women. There are a billion reasons a woman would stay with a cheater aside from “dumb mommy hormones” or “Stockholm Syndrome.” I do not know these people, from from what I can tell, whatever skeletons they have in their closets, they do legitimately seem to like each other.

    I wonder, has Gloria Steinem said the same things about Hilary Clinton or any other average (or not so average) woman who’s stayed with a man who’s exclusively a cheater (as opposed to an abuser or something)?

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      By playing the good wife, by being forgiving, she’s staying in the
      political spotlight, and she could parlay this into a stronger career
      for herself, not entirely unlike Clinton did after Bill Clinton’s sex
      scandal. It’s a crummy situation, and we certainly don’t know the
      intricacies of her relationship, but it will be fascinating to see where
      she goes.

    • Eileen

      I kind of think Hillary Clinton is different, though – she was married to a man who was a successful governor and then became the President, and she definitely gained political clout by remaining married to him. Anthony Weiner, though he was on the rise, doesn’t seem to be able to weather his scandal, and Huma Abedin probably doesn’t need him for her career.

      Personally, as I’ve said before in many fora, what bothers me most about these two men wasn’t the cheating – a wife can forgive her husband for cheating without making a political statement, in my opinion. It was the fact that what they did can be understood as sexual harassment (sleeping with his employees/interns and actually getting sued for harassment in Clinton’s case, tweeting unsolicited and unwanted sexual photographs of himself in Weiner’s). That’s a whole lot different, and a whole lot more offensive.