My husband and I have recently become enthralled with Netflix’s House of Cards series with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright playing, initially, the House majority whip and his outwardly devoted wife. But you know from the start they have bigger plans.

Through media leaks, backstabbing and arm-twisting of his wife and colleagues, Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, becomes vice president of the United States. His wife, Claire, realizing he’s not actually going to help her with a project for her clean water nonprofit, makes a deal with the devil, a lobbyist who formerly worked for Frank, to get the job done. She’s two-faced and twisting plenty of arms herself. My husband loves Frank Underwood’s calculated cunning. Claire: She’s a bitch.

What evokes that visceral reaction that he admires Frank’s strategic ruthlessness but Claire should be eviscerated for it? Evolution? Culture? My husband is not a sexist. Just like many of you, he’s a good person. He can handle me, and I’m certainly no damsel in distress. He’ll even tell you I can handle a jigsaw and parallel park better than him. Still subconscious double standards exist.

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