Skip Nav
Everyone Can Stop Trying to Have an Epic Wedding — This Couple Nailed It in Iceland
Women's Health
Healing Crystal Dildos Are Here to Make Your Vagina a Magical Place
Walt Disney World
The Bride in This Disney World Wedding Wore the Live-Action Cinderella Gown!

Are There No Victims in Unhappy Marriages?

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of perennial presidential candidate John Edwards, has endured a PR crisis since publishing her book, Resilience, last year. Gone is the saintly image of the woman who does nothing but give and gets nothing but the death of a child, cancer, and a philandering husband in return. In its place are accusations that's she's a crazy fame seeker with the grossest disparity between her public and private image.

Now a new book about the 2008 presidential election is slamming her, calling her “an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazywoman,” who regularly puts down her husband, calling him a "hick" and his parents "rednecks" in public. While this may not leave her innocent, does it make her any less a victim when her husband cheated on her? "In unhappy marriages," wrote Judith Warner in Sunday's New York Times, "there are rarely pure victims — even if one spouse’s behavior is grossly more offensive than the other’s."

That's like saying that a nagging woman is asking to be cheated on, which hardly seems fair since you never know what came first — the paranoia or the cheating. We can hardly say if they are happy or not, but, like all couples, they both have the choice of leaving or to staying. Maybe they deserve each other?

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Studio- It is never that cut and dry.People in happy marriages don't cheat. So why did he cheat? In marriage there is never a true victim. (OK maybe there is 1 saint in the world)
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
I think, as in all things, it's a mix of both sides. Surely dealing with a terminal diagnosis, and the loss of a child, would strain anyone. And perhaps she doesn't have that angelic of a personality. What makes a marriage dissolve (beyond the obvious) is only known between the two people in the matter how much the public thinks it knows.
janneth janneth 7 years
Poor Elizabeth Edwards.
janneth janneth 7 years
Poor Elizabeth Edwards.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
When someone cheats on his or her spouse, the person who was cheated on is the victim. If he cheated on her and she was just straight up crazy, there's no victim.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with GlowingMoon. If the accusations are true, then she's certainly not a completely innocent victim. I always wonder why people who treat their partners like complete crap expect any sympathy when the partner runs elsewhere. Then again, I'd leave a relationship before I resorted to cheating.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
If the accusations about Elizabeth Edwards are true, then I am inclined to think that they deserve each other. Psychologically abusing one's spouse is breaking the marriage vows, as is having an affair. JMHO.
John Edwards and Rielle Hunter's Relationship Changed With Pregnancy
Met Gala Pictures
Sofia Reyes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017
For Elizabeth Edwards, Resilience Means Sticking by Her Man
Rielle Hunter on Oprah
Cate Edwards Opens Up About John Edwards's Affair
Oprah's Interview With John and Elizabeth Edwards
Songs About Cheating
American Women Who Married Royalty Style Pictures
Movies About Infidelity
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds