Elizabeth Edwards Cut John Out Of Her Will

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Elizabeth Edwards's will doesn't even mention John Edwards. Instead, she left "my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death" to her kids.


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Can some please explain to me (and I ask out of genuine, no-rhetorical curiosity) why cheating is judged as harshly as it is on Jezebel?

I mean, I get the whole broken-promise-to-a-significant-other thing, but what is it other than that? There are way worse things. For example, I think emotional abuse is way worse.

My personal suspicion is that cheating took on such high significance from the whole women/wives-as-property dynamic... (keep your paws/penis off my stuff) and then morphed into more gender-neutrality when women gained more equality and declared that if they were expected to keep a commitment, then men should have to as well.

Note: My question is not specific to John Edwards. I, too, think he is a total jerk— but I judge him based more on his politics. (Because I really don't know what happened between him and his wife.)