Double Standards Abound!

Here in Massachusetts we are in the last days of a very tight senatorial race. The democratic candidate, Martha Coakley was thought to be a sure winner back about sixty days ago, but her main opponent, republican, Scott Brown has been surging ahead and is now, according to the polls, in the lead.

I have to admit I have not been following the race closely until now, and only caught bits and pieces of the debates and news coverage… but one thing I did discover and wonder about, is the full page, full-frontal photo spread of Scott Brown published in Cosmopolitan in 1982. He was 22 years old and voted “America’s Sexiest Man.” I was going to post the photo, but just got some negative vibes from a very shy reader who happened to be near by as I write this missive. If you want to check out the photo spread for yourself, click here.

My point in pointing all this out… what do you think would be the reaction today if the other candidate had something like this in her background… The Scott Brown photo, though noted by the media, has been pretty much ignored as an issue. Maybe because he is a hunk and looked really good in 1982. Would a woman who looked equally fabulous and posed nearly nude in a national magazine, have the issue overlooked when she ran for U.S. senator twenty seven years later? Somehow, I think not.

I’m not trying to promote either candidate here… not my job… but I am pondering the question of double standards. What do you think?

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Daffyhill
Daffyhill
11 years ago

Let me be the first to say…thanks for the link! I think they are right…he has a great stimulus package…and no I do not think we are so shallow as to write off a politician or a celebrity because of their previous behavior…give me a break…Clinton makes $100,000 a speech…hasn’t hurt his bottom line…and you can bet Tiger Woods will make another billion or two before he is done…people have short memories…and, Brown didn’t do anything illegal or immoral…and if you aren’t interested in seeing the pictures, don’t click on the link……. Besides, there are huge nudes in my Franklin library…ten feet tall women…all over the ceilings…showings every day from 9-9, closed on Fridays.

Salander
Salander
11 years ago

I think the people of Massachusetts continue to be intimidated by strong, intelligent, articulate women…hence the dilemma that Martha Coakley is now in!

oldcontidude
oldcontidude
11 years ago

It doesn’t matter. Do you have more disposable income regardless of which party in power ? So, let’s do lunch. See you at BJ.s LOL !

Ms. NotGoodEnough
Ms. NotGoodEnough
11 years ago

I agree with Salander. Unfortunately, I believe that it is more than the people of MA who are intimidated by strong, intellengent, articulate women. It saddens me greatly that in 2010 women still need to be three times smarter and three times more competant than our male counterparts to be considered vote worthy. And even that is sometimes not good enough.

oldcontidude
oldcontidude
11 years ago

Intimidated by “strong, intellengent, articulate women” ? Not me, I’m married to a lovely woman who is a strong, intellengent, articulate women. I also work for one who is my supervisor, another who is my VP and still another who is the CEO of a fortune 200 company. And this is in MA. So go on the individual merits of the person rather than a collective group. And yes, I have been known to also paint with a wide brush !