15 / November
15 / November
The Reverse Prince Charles Effect

Some women just love a man in a uniform. Joe Jackson's "Real Men" confirms that some fellas do too. David Petraeus at least knows the truth of the former supposition.

Is it wrong to cut a cheating husband more slack because his paramour is hotter than an exploding daisy cutter? General Petraeus is sixty. His former mistress is a hotty--I meant forty. If he had been dating Monica Lewinsky's chunkier older sister, my sense is that the public condemnation--if the public still actually disapproves of any behavior between consenting adults--would be more audible. Instead, since Petraeus's choice of partners is someone akin to a real-life Wonder Woman, the disapproval is muted. The culture is so superficial that who you cheat with, not that you cheat, determines your standing.

Prince Charles was unlucky enough, at least from a public relations standpoint, to shack up with a woman who, on a good day, could have passed for Lady Di's aunt. Public opinion ostensibly condemned the affair but really frowned upon Charles' dating partner. A Posh Spice or an Elizabeth Hurley might have mitigated the negative public sentiment. But Camilla just didn't meet their approval. The British public felt it had a stake in the Prince of Wales' choice of partners--and I suppose given the vestiges of tax-supported monarchy, they do. Princes are supposed to date younger and prettier. Cheat on St. Diana, sure. But don't do it with a consort who couldn't upstage her in a beauty contest. That was Charles' sin.

It's a superficial reaction. But so is ditching your wife of the past 38 years for a women with whom you can have a great present but no future. Alas, even a few of the few publicly wagging their fingers at General Petraeus would privately give him a high-five.

posted at 12:13 AM

I think most people, male and female alike, can rationalize a dalliance if the object of that dalliance is attractive. Putting oneself in those shoes brings an understanding of how the perp could have done it.

Howie Carr has a funny shtick when a woman is in trouble, upon assessment of her physical attributes, whether she is guilty or not guilty of the accusations. Guilty being a dog; not guilty being a babe.

I agree that Paula Shagwell is a babe and it would be hard to imagine that being alone and half way around the world with all of the power and luxury afforded to a guy like Petraeus that something would not develop. What I found semi-creepy was her description of the sixty year old man being a ‘magnificent physical specimen’. Not sure if that reference is to a man who keeps himself in top physical condition or other more genetic attributes.

Posted by: asdf on November 15, 2012 08:41 AM

I just don't think this Paula is that good looking, but I seem to be in the minority. Jill Kelly doesn't do much for me either. Different strokes, I guess.

Posted by: Rich on November 15, 2012 11:01 AM

I see, more of a Dana Plato man, eh?

Posted by: HomerJFong on November 15, 2012 01:07 PM

"Homer's here all week, and don't forget to tip the bartender.."

Posted by: Rich on November 15, 2012 03:40 PM

Duty. Honor. Country. (sigh)

Posted by: Daniel(no, not that Daniel) on November 15, 2012 08:14 PM

And btw, what's wrong with Dana Plato? Getting past that criminal thing, and the fact that she's now dead, she was hot. Hot chick with an element of danger. What's not to like? I miss the 80's.

Posted by: Daniel(no, not that Daniel) on November 15, 2012 08:20 PM

Loved the 80's. Crazy uncomplicated women looking to equal or dial up what men like. Last decade of truly original and creative music. Didn't watch much network TV (still don't) so had to look Dana Plato up. Sad. Did I mention the drugs in the 80's?

Posted by: asdf on November 15, 2012 08:40 PM

Nothing is wrong (other than all that shit that was wrong) with Dana Plato.

Posted by: HomerJFong on November 16, 2012 08:11 AM
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