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Scarlet, So What?

Posted by JJ in Bad Press (Friday September 29, 2006 at 7:11 pm)

Since one-time Conservative leadership candidate Belinda Stronach crossed the floor to the Liberals, she’s endured a great deal of criticism. The Frosty Wonk hasn’t shied from that, where it was due, but not over one issue: her personal life.

There was a revolting series of stories over the end of her relationship with Tory Peter MacKay, during which he childishly played victim over the relationship; speculation over subsequent relationships bizarrely continued to command attention; and now, the possibility that she was having a relationship with former Maple Leaf brawler Tie Domi commands press attention as Domi goes through a divorce.

Whether they were seeing each other or not isn’t important, and neither is whether it contributed to the divorce. Don’t lose sight of the fact that it takes two to tango — if there was a relationship, both parties had to consent. And that’s the point — it was Domi’s marriage to maintain, not anyone else’s.

But wouldn’t it be wrong to have an affair with someone — to help them break their wedding vows? Ignoring Chaucer’s contribution to the subject, there is the messy fact that adultery isn’t a crime anymore.

So unless they think the scarlet letter is an L, why does the media build the story up to the point where Ms Stronach is forced to publically discuss her involvement in private relationships?

Now that’s where the shame should be allocated.

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