It was a bad week for the reputation of men, with actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarsenegger and International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, both caught with their pants down, so to speak. Cheating on their spouses.
Every time such infidelities appear on the news I always think to myself, “great – more ammunition for humanity to think every man walking this earth is a pig.”
The conversationalists at the office (all woman) were having a field day bashing the male species for what they called “typical behavior”. They claimed women were the victims, caught up in men’s captivating charisma and overactive sex drives which leads to cheating. With all due respect, women have spent years fighting for equality and credibility, therefore I highly doubt they’re being charmed into bed by a married man. We all have the ability to make our own choices – some people just make bad ones.
I rarely involve myself in these “water cooler” discussions, but I found myself feeling personally attacked by this one. To assume that every man walking the earth is the kind of cheating horn ball who gawks and drools over a woman’s rack and booty like some wild animal in heat is not only stereotypical, but grossly inaccurate.
There are a lot of guys out there who are nothing like that, me being one of them – choosing more to respect the women they love rather than exploit them. Who have the smarts and the guts to end a relationship they are no longer happy in with dignity and honesty rather than disdain and self-serving behavior.
The sad reality is that both men and women are adulterous. They always seem to want more – to continually feed their egos, while hurting those they once committed their love to.
Yes some men, and women, are cheating pigs. But that doesn’t mean that everybody is.