Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Woman Crush Wednesday: Why I still dig Elin Nordegren
Posted by saaara
Well, yesterday, Camille Cosby came out in defense of her husband. Assuming Bill Cosby is guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a number of women, I don't know if Camille's completely delusional, co-dependent, or has an entire family hidden in her attic and was coerced into releasing a statement because Cosby would have exposed her darkest secrets. But all I could think when reading her statement was... not another one.
There's an argument to be made that it takes more strength to support someone, stand by them, grin and bear it, then to actually walk away. I'm not sure I buy that. We've had so few examples of public figures leaving their spouses after infidelity or major betrayal. Even Jerry Sandusky's wife defended him and believes he's innocent. Jenny Sanford left Mark, but he also called the other woman his soul mate.
Perhaps couples who've weathered the most tragic of storms are more likely to stay by each other's side. Both Bill & Camille Cosby and John & Elizabeth Edwards tragically lost a son. Elizabeth did eventually leave John, but I'm not sure it wasn't because he just loved his mistress more than her.
When the Tiger Woods scandal first broke, I fully expected Nordegren to stay with him. That's the behavior we've come to accept. And even though it's five years after the fact, I think she's pretty hot shit for walking away when she did. I wish we could have more women like that in the public sphere. Until then, we might have to rely on fictional characters like Helen Solloway (played by Maura Tierney) in The Affair. Watching her kick Noah out of the house in this last episode was so incredibly satisfying and quite possibly the best scene in the series so far. The only thing that would have made it better is if she bashed him over the head with a golf club in the process.