Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’ must be imprinted or chipped in our brain or what is it that women in the spotlight stand by their man after a sex scandal? Hillary Clinton, Maria Shriver, Ann Sinclair and Jacky Kennedy had to cope with headlines about their husbands having sex affairs with maids, mistresses and movie stars.
“Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman”. Are these women courageous, is it true love or is there status to gain when supporting their husbands? Although Hillary Rodham Clinton declared two decades ago that she was ‘not some little woman standing by her man’, she did support him. Her claim was certainly not consistent with her behaviour. “Giving all your love to just one man“ and election polls went up. Years later her strength might have contributed to her position now. After al, her voters might not like a woman that will back away when the going gets tough. She planned a career, and standing by her man brought obviously a career advantage. Apparently most of us still like to see a wife that stands by her man.
Jacky Kennedy did not stand a chance in ‘The Mad Men’ era. But snatching a rich influential man was the Bouvoirs family goal. Tammy’s hit song wasn’t around yet, but if it were, it must have been echoing in Jacky’s head. “You’ll have bad times. And he’ll have good times” must have popped up in Jacky’s thoughts when Marilyn dropped by to sing a birthday song for Mr. President. Jacky needed to be feminine, of impeccable beauty and elegant at all times. And by standing by her man she has become the most influential style icon of an era. Accidental success? But was it worth it?
“Doing things that you don’t understand. But if you love him you’ll forgive him” must Ann Sinclair have thought flying to New York to bail out her powerful spouse DSK. She dropped her successful career as the most influential tv journalist. But perhaps she had plans to run for office instead of her husband? What is to gain? Or is it indeed unconditional love? A huge price to pay for love. But guess what… DSK free on bail, the charges are built on quicksand and some French are hopefull that Ann Sinclair will become first lady after all.
“And tell the world you love him love him”. But do you really need to stand side by side during a press conference where your husband congressman Anthony Weiner claims he is sorry to have virtually spammed the world with sexual photographs? Nope! and Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was not with him at the announcement when he resigned. A turning point. Abedin, a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. There is only so much a strong woman can take from her man. So Maria Shriver is showing her real pain. Moves out, announces a divorce from from ex-govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is protecting her kids and tries to kick start a new beginning to the rest of her life. “Cause after all he’s just a man”.