WOMEN
07/13/2013 10:53 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2013

The Chaste Ways Of Female Politicians

Fifty years into the sexual revolution, why is it that female politicians don't get embroiled in tawdry scandals nearly as much as their male peers do?

Women make up 16% of the current Congress but account for nowhere close to 16% of its illicit behavior. There have been a few scattered scandals in recent decades: Helen Chenoweth, an Idaho congresswoman, admitted to an affair with a married rancher but had already declared her retirement from office. Sue Myrick, running for re-election as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., confessed to a relationship with her husband while he was married to another woman (and managed to win anyway). State Rep. Katherine Bryson of Utah was caught with a lover on a surveillance camera and opted not to seek re-election.

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