May 12th, 2009
11:39 AM ET

The other woman

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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/12/edwards-elizabeth-john.jpg caption="Elizabeth and John Edwards at a campaign event January 1, 2008 in Ames, Iowa."]

Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

The wife of the former senator from North Carolina who ran for president and then got caught cheating on his wife — a woman who is dying of cancer — is in the news. Elizabeth Edwards is the wife. And now she’s written a new book, entitled “Resilience”. She’s everywhere with it: on “Oprah,” the “Today” show, “Good Morning America”. And I’m fine with it. If this woman wants to write a book before she dies, go right ahead.

But not everyone agrees. Other women are criticizing Elizabeth Edwards and her media tour, calling it a “train wreck” and blaming her for blaming the woman who slept with her husband. The other woman, they say, is not to blame — that you can’t really “steal” another woman’s husband. The implication is that she — the other woman — has a right to sleep with whomever she wants; and that Elizabeth Edwards should blame her husband, which of course she should.

But this other woman is not free from blame, not in my view. If his act was despicable, hers was too — maybe more so.

You disrespect women everywhere when you sleep with another woman’s husband. You disrespect the institution of marriage. And if you don’t care about that, you should at least know that you disrespect yourself.

We women should think more of ourselves than to allow a married man to have his way with us and then go back to his wife, which is what most of them do.

Think about that before you jump into bed with a man who has promised to love someone else until death do they part.

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  1. Annie Kate


    I agree wholeheartedly with you. The other woman in this incidence knew John Edwards was married – in my view knowing that and going ahead and flirting with him and then sleeping with him makes here a potential home wrecker.

    I don't blame Elizabeth for writing about the affair in her book. After all, she is writing about her life and the things she has had to deal with – the affair is just one of those things along with her cancer and her son's death. If she had written a book and left out the affair we would be asking why it wasn't included. Since it is included we question why. We can't have it both ways. I've often wondered how these political felt and coped with their situations in what is a very public humiliation. If making that public helps Elizabeth cope with it good for her – too bad if it makes John more humiliated; he should have thought about that as he reached for his zipper.

    May 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm |