The Elliot Spitzer prostitute scandal illustrates an ongoing problem here in our own state. Last August, during the Sen. Larry Craig lovefest, we tried to come up with a list of Utah's sex scandals. Some astute readers filled in gaps, but one thing became clear: There is a glass ceiling for women when it comes to sex scandals.
Out of seven Utah politicians involved in hormone-driven scandals, six were men (Congressman Allan Howe, U.S. Senator Arthur Brown, Rep. Mel Brown, Rep. Brent Parker, Rep. Calvin Bird, and ex-Rep. Kelly Atkinson). Only one was a woman (Rep. Katherine Bryson).
How does one measure this scandal gap? If we compare it to pay, women should get about 69-80 percent of men's sex scandals. If we go with demographics, it should be half and half.
The harsh reality: There simply aren't enough female politicians in Utah. Until more women are elected to office, they will continue to be under-represented in the "Well, hello" opportunities. Women deserve a crack at the interns, too; Vote Femme in '08.