PR PLAY OF THE WEEK: Arnold finds way to impress W.O.M.E.N.

WASHINGTON: Quick quiz: Of the three men honored by a women's-empowerment group in LA last week for their "support and advocacy of the issues that are important to women," how many in the past year have publicly mused over his great fortune at getting to stick a woman's face in the toilet?

WASHINGTON: Quick quiz: Of the three men honored by a women's-empowerment group in LA last week for their "support and advocacy of the issues that are important to women," how many in the past year have publicly mused over his great fortune at getting to stick a woman's face in the toilet?

No need to drain your Lexis/ Nexus account - we've done the research for you. Turns out that neither Jorge Mester, music director of the Pasadena Symphony, nor philanthropist Peter Mullin has ever even discussed female facial dunking with the media (which, in all fairness, means we can't be sure where they stand on the issue). But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) is unafraid to take a stand. (Rest of the quote: "I wanted to have something floating there.") Kudos to W.O.M.E.N. (Women Organized for Mentoring, Education, and Networking) for not letting a man's unpopular opinions and hobbies, nor more than a dozen accusations of sexual harassment and at least one pending lawsuit, dissuade them from holding him up as a beacon of feminist ideology. But still, one has to wonder: Was it just a coincidence that the ceremony took place on the same day as Schwarzenegger's 18th wedding anniversary? Or that it came mere weeks after the ex-action hero publicly signed up for a course on sensitivity towards women? In other words, did the muscle man exert some influence over these influential women in an attempt to get rubbed the right way, PR-wise? Sandy Jolley, a W.O.M.E.N. spokeswoman, scoffs at the idea, saying her group's choice to honor the governator was based strictly on his important work to further women's causes (namely his promotion of after-school programs). She also claimed there had been "no discussion" of his problematic past among those who chose to honor him. Forgive us if we, too, think there might be something floating there.

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