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To Forgive, Forget, and Re-Elect: The Messages We Send When We Absolve Lawmakers After Sex Scandals

forgiveness one way road sign

Despite their past poor judgement, Weiner, Spitzer, and Sanford are all officially back in politics. If we continue to allow ourselves to kiss and make up every time a politician apologizes for his bad sexual decision making, what messages are we sending young people?

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Sex Education for Politicians – Herman Cain Edition

As a new allegation emerges against Republican Presidential hopeful, Herman Cain (this time of a long-term, extramarital affair), it is once again time for politicians to get a little sex education. 

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Representative to Resign Over Accusations of Non-Consensual Sex

Representative John Wu (D-OR) announced today that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives amid allegations of nonconsensual sex with a recent high school graduate.

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Conservative Christian Group Calls on Vitter To Resign (Yes, You Read That Right)

Our colleagues at PoliticsUsa report today that the Family Policy Network is calling on Senator David Vitter to “follow the lead of Anthony Weiner” and resign.

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Sex Education for Politicians—Weiner Edition

Congressman Anthony Weiner joins the long line of men in public office who have risked their families and careers for sexual indiscretions. Maybe it’s time for politicians to have a little sex ed. 

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Gender and High-Profile Sex Scandals

The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen pondered “Why is there no female Tiger Woods?.” After a bunch of ill-researched speculation, he concludes cheating and power are linked, and makes gross generalizations about women.

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