This is no knock on Ana Marie Cox or on her employer GQ, where she pens a column. However, I am distraught by her article in the June issue on 25 Great Philanderers. All are males, ranging from plaintiff attorney John Edwards to powerful Congressman Wilbur Mills. How naive. We babes, in numbers and cunning, probably outdo any male philanderer.
I know. For example, at one of my 12-step meetings in Washington D.C. the speaker was Wilbur Mills. None of his exploits trumped those of us once-drunken women. We are skilled at gaining influence, power, and a meal ticket through multiple men. Actually, given my ethnic body style, e.g. no great long legs, I was only moderately successful at that game. But those I have sponsored in the 12 steps, especially real estate brokers and journalists, do quite well for themselves.
But that's just a microcosm of the female philandering scene. The most titillating versions include players who become the centers of murders, high-profile divorces, and ruined male careers. Never ever underestimate the pull force of a woman who knows how to use what she's got. Therefore, female lawyers who remain Girl Scouts, collecting merit badges for professional decorum, are likely missing out on the upper reaches of professional accomplishment and drama.