The Blinding Glare of the Obvious on the Today show:
I had the Today Show on in the background while getting dressed this morning, and saw a segment on "Why Do Men Lie?" or something similarly titled. It seemed to consist of images of Clinton's infamous "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" finger-shaking fiasco, Jimmy Swaggart's tearful "I have sinned" televised contrition, and lowlights from other such high-profile scandals interspersed with our intreprid reporter Al Roker stopping people on the streets of Manhattan asking them why they think men lie.
I fear I may be betraying my feminist roots here, but do men really lie more than woman? I tend to think not.
I tend to agree with Lizzie.
It's amusing when you read literature on women spanning centuries because this whole, "Women are good and honest" thing is a fairly anachronistic point-of-view. Women, like most minorities, were considered slippery and untrustworthy and cunning and such.
Here's the current problem though: the protection of heterosexual monogamy. So lies about adultery by powerful people (read: men) matter, hence the Clinton thing.
We are also rather obsessed with the moments when religion and scandal meet, hence the Swaggart thing.
Men are in positions for their lies to have a greater impact (usually; counter-example: Martha Stewart) and, therefore, their lies matter and are worth reporting on. Women lying about their age, weight, and whether they die their hair doesn't really undermine much.