Someone finally wrote it, the article on Holly Petraeus, wife if David Petraeus. You knew it would appear eventually. Judith Woods in the Telegraph pulls together the commentary that Holly Petraeus "let herself go" and therefore is partially responsible for her husband cheating.
Cyberspace is awash with venomous harpies laying into her physical appearance. A writer for Vanity Fair commiserated that her upper arms weren’t toned, but suggested she could always “cheer herself up” with some bright fashion-forward nail varnish.
I have also heard quite a few women, who ought to know better, saying the unsayable – that Petraeus’s infidelity was only to be expected given that his wife resembled a grandmother rather than a 57-year-old HRT-fuelled hottie.
Perhaps if Mrs P spent a little less time campaigning on behalf of military
families’ rights and a little more time at the hair salon, her war hero
husband might not have ended up MIA (Messing in Adultery), out of work and
an object of ridicule. Then again, perhaps not. (read it all at the Telegraph)
None of us look like we did 40 years ago. We don't know how we will age or what illnesses will contribute to our looks. There is no excuse for cheating. Holly is apparently a highly intelligent woman, accomplished, faithful and loving mother and wife. You can read about Hollister Knowlton Petraeus here.
I do think that women should take pride in their looks, take a little time to look the very best we can at all times, not only for ourselves but for our spouses. Some make-up; hair color; proper-fitting flattering clothes; and diet; can go a long way in not only making one look better on the outside, but feel better on the inside. But to blame Holly's looks for her sleazebag husband is going too far.
As to whether she knew about her husband's cheating, of course she knew. Wives always know.