Duke Authors weigh in on the Spitzer Scandal

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Paul Apostolidis, editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals, is quoted in a New York Times article on the Spitzer scandal. N. R. Kleinfeld interviewed Apostolidis, who says, "There is a broader anxiety about what is private anymore. . . . It’s not that politicians are behaving more badly. We’re
just learning about it more often. . . . I don’t see why we would expect politics to be more free of the
psychological contradictions of other humans beings. People do self-destructive things that are not rational.” Apostolidis is also quoted in a Baltimore Sun piece about why political wives stand by their disgraced husbands in carefully stage-managed press conferences: "The purpose of the performance, Apostolidis says, is to reinforce
stereotypes: The politician is a straight man with a good marriage –
despite any transgressions that might suggest otherwise."

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Lauren Berlant, author of The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship, and Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National Interest, writes about the scandal on her blog. Her take is unique: "What stories like this really do is to damage the reputation of sex. Whenever there’s a sex scandal, I feel sorry for sex." 

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