Get ready to pour the oil. Lay down the plastic or the kiddy pool. Bring in the bikini clad women. Lastly, hand Jerry Springer the mic, so he can give us the play-by-play of this juicy catfight between Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley. Who knew the encore to an intense presidential election would be two women fighting over a married mans attention.
In case you have been living under a rock, the salacious 50 Shades of Grey has been replaced with the details of General Petraeus’ affair and resignation, due to his mistress and biographer, Broadwell, harassing Kelley with anonymous emails. Broadwell began sending anonymous emails to Kelley, her husband, and other senior officials in the military warning them of Kelley’s “seductress” ways. Emails also included Broadwell accusing Kelley of touching Petraeus provocatively under the table and threatening to tell her husband of her actions.
Does all of this sound a little high school-ish to you? It does to me. I don’t know if I should laugh at the stupidity of fighting for the attention from a married man, or cry that in 2012 some women are still fighting each other to get validation from a man to feel happy and secure. What is most nauseating about this case is Broadwell created an assumed name, KelleyPatrol, to harass and vilify another women, while cheating on her own husband, and destroying the marriage and trust of Mrs. Petraeus.
Women fighting over men is as out dated as The Boy is Mine, by Brandy and Monica. We have Hillary Clinton running for president and serving as Secretary of State, Malala Yousafzai fighting the Taliban for the right of an education, then we have Broadwell sending vicious emails to keep an affair going.
I have a plan. Let’s make a pact to respect each other and lift each other up. We will replace cruel and belittling looks of distaste with positive words of encouragement. If a fellow woman is stepping out of line, we will pull them aside and help them through the problem rather than destroying her self-esteem further. Stop feeling threatened by other women and start relishing their beauty and strength. These choices encourage personal growth and social responsibility.