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Why Adrienne Bailon Thinks Women Choose To Stay With Men That Cheat

The Real co-host has a theory about why women choose to stay after cheating has occured.

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The one and only time I lived with a man, I learned within two months that he was a compulsive liar and a cheater. His false charm not only worked on my coworker but also our neighbor with three toddlers who "just needs my help because she doesn't have family". One too-quiet evening, I tiptoed to the living room to catch what appeared to be him snatching his foot back from hers. I pretended like I didn't even see it but I thought to myself, Yep, play your footsies now because I got something for both of you bihs.

I also told myself I needed to be there in the meantime.

On a recent episode of The Real, co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton led a discussion on women who remain in relationships after several bouts of infidelity. Here's her take:

"I do think there is something to be said for a woman that stands by when a man continues and perpetually cheats on her. At some point, you have to ask yourself, 'Why is she staying?'"

Adrienne Has a Theory About Why Women Stay With Men That Cheat

Adrienne mentioned the typical reasons for staying: status and money. And of course there are vows for the women who are faithful wives and rightfully expect that loyalty to be reciprocated. Marriage and children add a whole other layer to the conversation and I don't want to be dismissive of that commitment, even though it's still not a sole reason to ever accept constant disrespect.

I'm single, as in unmarried, and I can't fully speak from that perspective. However don't get it twisted. That still doesn't mean I'm going to be more lenient when it comes to community penis simply because I haven't exchanged any vows. Unmarried couples who are committed still experience the same repercussions and range of emotions.

My mind still conjured evil thoughts and drifted to these mofos weren't going to touch toes or any other body parts off my financial contribution to that household. But since I was contributing to the bills, it meant that I couldn't dip out as fast as I wanted. Adrienne was on the money about the money.

What made me pause is when Adrienne said women stay because they don't really love these men:

"But their feelings aren't hurt anymore. They're not in love with that person. When they found out that the person cheated on them for the 17th millionth-hundredth time, they're like 'Kanye shrug.'"

From my point-of-view, Adrienne's statement was for the most part accurate, at least for the first week. I didn't love dude. In fact, I didn't even like him anymore. But it took an excessive amount of energy to navigate unwanted sexual advances or even pretend to be cordial. I couldn't live in that environment even with a lack of emotion. I quickly said to hell with him, his second or fourth girlfriend and those few coins I planned to stack for my own moving expenses. Instead I left that apartment and stayed with my college roommate for a few weeks, which worked in my favor because I was able to save money much quicker. I hope another woman living with the same dilemma doesn't miss that message.

Still is Adrienne's assumption that all love must be lost for every woman who stays a bit too simplistic?

Many women do remain in love with their partner even after the 17th millionth-hundredth time he steps outside of the relationship. In an Everyday Health article, one of the reasons given is that the women are emotionally invested in the relationship. They've generally spent too much time and energy to throw it all away after a "mistake". Besides it's hard starting over in these dating streets. In an interview of infidelity in The Lily, "deep love and affection" were cited as reasons for women to remain in the relationship.

I'll admit the implied consensus is reconciliation after one indiscretion not multiple. But there's a stigma associated with not ending the relationship and moving on periodt. While I know of women who hang on after their significant others have repeated trysts, they definitely aren't going to openly admit it. It's their love that blindingly convinces them their partner deserves a second, third or 17th millionth-hundredth-and-one chance.

Listen, I believe in second chances but it's difficult for me when betrayal is involved. I'm quick to trust someone but I'm slow to rebuild trust with them. But I wouldn't spend an excessive amount of time wondering where or how he's spending his time because I'd have to move on. If I stayed I'd often question how I could accept this and still feel good about myself. What message am I sending him about me if I choose to stay?

I also realize and accept that these questions come from a place of only loving myself in my situation with Mr. False Charm. I still can't help but doubt my answers would've carried as much weight had I actually loved him.

What I know is that women who stay for love often drift between forgive and can't forget. There seems to always be a trigger and prior cheating often reenters the conversation, even years later. It makes for a more open conversation but it's not exactly a healthy one to keep rehashing the same words.

Things would be a helluva lot easier if Adrienne was 100% correct on the lost love part. But love is a contributing factor to one's decision to stay. It's not enough, though. Perhaps the best decision for both parties is to let that relationship – and that love – to just simply dissolve.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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