Why do we vilify wives and lovers because of their partners’ actions?
When will women stop being blamed for what men do? More specifically, when will wives, or former wives, of disgraced, sometimes criminal, men stop being hounded, punished and scapegoated by malevolent whispering campaigns about “how much they knew”?
The latest bloodied wifely scalp belongs to Georgina Chapman, the British fashion designer behind Marchesa, and now former wife of Harvey Weinstein, with whom she had two children. After months of lying low, Chapman seems to be attempting a public rehabilitation. Scarlett Johansson wore a Marchesa gown on the red carpet and there’s been a sympathetic interview in US Vogue, in which Chapman explained that she had never known anything about Weinstein’s activities.