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Seduce Your Way to the Top? Meet the Anne Boleyns of Washington, D.C.

Part 3 of an ongoing series comparing Netflix's House of Cards with real life in our nation's capital.

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Becky Graebner

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May 22, 2013 - 7:00 am
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King Henry VIII and infamous seductress, Anne Boleyn

Infamous seductress, Anne Boleyn, and her ticket to power–King Henry VIII

This week’s House of Cards essay will expand on last week’s piece, “The House of Cards Vision of Infidelity: More Fact than Fiction.” Yes, unfortunately we remain stuck with this slimy theme of infidelity. This week let’s talk about the women.

Men have had a leg up in the world, especially in the workplace. Females are still trying to catch up. Salary comparisons and lack of women in certain fields will underline this fact. Unfortunately, some women feel like they are faced with two options: be ruthless and work really hard to achieve their goals at the risk of the “ice queen” label, or take an easier route and use other means. Some women do decide to use medieval methods (think Anne Boleyn in the Tudor days) in order to succeed in the workplace — and this is all too evident in big cities like Washington, D.C.

Women have employed method #2 for centuries (men have as well). But dabbling in this kind of currency can lead to two very different ends: career destruction or the attainment of dreams. Last week, we talked about how scandals tend to be both concentrated and magnified in D.C. The cutthroat culture here seems to breed an underground marketplace of give-and-gets, with scandal as the most likely outcome. Ultimately, Washingtonians must decide if they are going to enter that market — or try to forge their own way up the ambition ladder.

* …Spoilers on coming pages…*

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Not going to go far on this topic. Never worked in government but lived in D.C. and figured out the "currency" pretty quickly--sex and info, heavy on the info.

In the current civil and tech climate the old rules are morphing into the new rules. In the first instance, the rule of law is now so diminished, and we see its misapplications daily, that it will be a miracle if it recovers to stability. In the second instance, various interests, in this case governmental, have access to technology which can literally 'lie' about the facts of reality. When the AG is charged with investigating his own office, it isn't a reach to conjecture, down the road, another slander or smear instigated by ANY high powered individual, backed up with hi-tech 'proof' which is unimpeachable.

Sure, a real scandal isn't going to be helpful to a player (even as we've seen the parabolic rise of spin since the Clintons) but we're past the point where actual scandals are needed. We live in an age where technology can show a particular couple, two people that WE know, having sex on the public boulevard even though the two people in question have never even met each other.
And we have a media that will further the story as a fact, even if the networks and the rags know that it never happened.

Even the term 'leverage' no longer means what it did.

We may be entering the heyday of power politics.
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Yikes
From the mouth of the enthroned King Jesus . There is no wiggle room here
Yikes
Revelation 2
"20 But I have against thee a few things: because thou sufferest the woman Jezabel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach, and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication, and to eat of things sacrificed to idols.

21 And I gave her a time that she might do penance, and she will not repent of her fornication.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed: and they that commit adultery with her shall be in very great tribulation, except they do penance from their deeds.

23 And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give to every one of you according to your works."
39 weeks ago
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did you leave out cantwell and the number of times she's been named in divorce filings? she seems to prefer married men.
39 weeks ago
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I'm having a very hard time accepting your premise that Monica, Paula, and Rielle are smart, accomplished women. Paula, perhaps, but she and the other two are basically opportunistic sluts and I see no upside for them from their notoriety. Their lives have all been pretty much ruined, they live very isolated lives and they're nothing but the punchline to a dirty joke.

39 weeks ago
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"Although Claire doesn’t use her affair for gain (that we know of), her own marriage of convenience is just as wrong because she uses it as a means to advance herself."

Why is that wrong? If she is a good wife and stays loyal (OK, she didn't in your case) what is she doing wrong? Because she didn't marry for infatuation (a hormone that lasts about a year)?
39 weeks ago
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I'm sorry an otherwise good point had to be hurt by repeating the pretty much refuted point about women making less than men. And, by,the way, what about all of the fields where women dominate?
39 weeks ago
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It's been my observation that women of the left are much more likely to achieve success through marriage than conservative women. The liberal women may not be as good-looking but they make up for it in a ruthless disregard for anything other than power. Conservative women have a broader intellectual scope and their success is less dependent on externals and more related to ability.
39 weeks ago
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Good looking women have all the power.
39 weeks ago
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obviously, this sleeping your way to the top has only worked for the republican women. pelosi, hitlery, feinstein, and the rest couldn't get a jump on a sat. night in a men's prison.

but oh those repub. women. oh la la.

btw, that 'women make less than men' crapola has been debunked seven ways to sunday. in fact, when comparing like to like and accounting for other individual choices, men and women in similar jobs doing similar work make almost the same thing.
39 weeks ago
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Beat me to it, wrt women making less. Feminist propaganda. I stopped reading the article right there.
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Anne Boelyn did not seduce her way to the top. Anne Boelyn said "no" her way to the top. She refused to sleep with Henry for 7 years. If she had succumbed to his advances she would have been another cast off royal mistress. Of course that would have worked out much better for her.
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