In honor of International Women's Day, the United Nations held a luncheon for its "Women's Club," known in inner circles as the U.N. Wives Club. The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe was on hand to overhear the multicultural ladies' gossip, and just like for the rest of us last week, discussion turned to Eliot Spitzer's wandering wang. How did it happen? The women in brightly hued saris and native headwraps wondered. "As the seventy-year-old wife of a Syrian ex-diplomat put it, wearily," Widdicombe observed, "'Men are men.'" And yes, men are men, but that's not to say that they're all cheating, lying, crap email writing, commitment-shy jerks. The tale of Charles Whiting will restore your faith in men, and maybe in love.
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