2015-08-31 12:14:15 UTC
Woman's Infidelity is in any era or society a grave offense
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On Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 9:00:00 AM UTC+2, Brad Ferguson wrote:
« It's funny how the nature of scandal changes from decade to decade, though. Look at what we do for scandal now: There's that thing about Angelina Jolie and her brother, and there might not even be anything to it. Pretty blah. »
What changed is NOT "the nature" of scandal, which actually remains unchanged forever, but its image built and constantly altered by the medias. Ingrid Bergman and her husband, as most people in these circles, were living a dangerous life since constantly living far from each other, e.g. one in L.A., the other in Italy. When Rosselini courted Ingrid, she fell: this is the fault. The laws, the media buzz, the publicly imposed opinions, may change, but some things don't, even if it gets actually forbidden to say or write or recall them; one is that a man loves a woman, very dearly, she belongs to him, so she must NOT give herself to another one (which she is armed to resist because the woman's instinct does NOT pull her, as men, toward affairs); if she does, this is felt, by everyone, even stronger by women than by men, as a very grave offense, no matter the woman's status (ordinary wife, actress, queen, loved or hated by the public opinion, or whatever). Then when she (Ingrid) got pregnant it got even worse and she had no solution but to divorce. If such thing happened today, the *regular* people would have the same reaction.
The kiss between Angelina Jolie and her brother is so instant, temporary, different, that it is actually unrelated.
I am pretty sure that if a big actress, happily married with a loving husband and a lovely daughter, suddenly had an affair with another man, got pregnant and abandoned husband and daughter, she would get the same blame *from regular citizens* in 2015 than in 1950 or 1800 or in the Bible era. The only change would be how the story is recounted and presented by the official medias.
Versailles, Mon 31 Aug 2015 14:14:15 +0200