[FULL DISCLOSURE: I'M NOT A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. I VOTE LIBERTARIAN WHEN THE OPTION'S THERE AND FOR ANY OTHER 3RD PARTY WHEN IT ISN'T. THE BIG 2 JUST DON'T CUT WITH ME. I DONT' CARE WHO WON IN MASSACHUSETTS BECAUSE, IN MY BOOK, BOTH MAJOR PARTIES ARE TOO BEHOLDEN TO CORPORATE INTEREST GROUPS TO GIVE A RIP ABOUT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THE CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, WHEN THEY WIN, AMERICA LOSES.]
As a rule, I'm more irritated than entertained by politics these days, but this op-ed piece caught my eye and got me readin' and thinkin': LINK
In case you don't feel like jumping to another site, the premise of the piece is that there's a bit of sexism in play in the results of Tuesday's Senatorial Election results in Massachusetts.
Scott Brown, the guy who won the Senate seat, posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine back in 1982.
By all reasonable analysis, Brown ran a better campaign than his opponent, Martha Coakley and deserved his win.
With that being said, if Brown were a woman with a pubished nude photo in the public record, would she-Brown have even been considered electable?
"I am so electable!"
I look at the fuss raised over Sarah Palin's beauty pageant history as an indicator of how that would have turned out.
Of course, it's just a hunch, but still. Given the double standards that women already face in this country, I'd say it's a fair hunch. (EXAMPLE: A man who's assertive at work? He's a good, disciplined worker. A woman who's assertive at work? She must be on her period, right dudes? [HIGH FIVE] )
I have a feeling that if the 1982 Playboy Playmate of the year ran for a Senate Seat, she'd be outta luck. (Although, if she ran as a Libertarian, I'd vote for her.)
You've come a long way, baby. The journey's not over yet, though. I'll help as much as I can.
And lo' the angel did appear and say "We'll totally vote for the naked guy on the right. The nude chick on the left? No way!"
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