Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ah, sweet perspective....

A couple of days ago I was listening to NPR and an in-depth story on now-Senator Scott Brown's improbable victory.  Media outlets, per their usual over-the-top manner, beat certain topics to death...but one made me kind of laugh.

Laugh at our hypocrisy.

However many years ago, 20-30, Brown posed for a centerfold spread to earn money for college.  While mentioned in stories, and appropriately blurred on the airwaves, the topic is mentioned but not for long.  The story moves on.

I can't help but to muse what the media/public response would have been had an attractive 50 year-old woman been elected Senator and had posed for Playboy while in her 20s.  I'm pretty sure we would have a very different discussion around the water cooler, and media stories would be digging at it a bit deeper.

As much as we should, too many of us do not look equally upon the sexes and our response to it.  A guy poses in Cosmo, and not a lot is said.  A woman poses nude and she's sluttified, if I might make up a word.  Sexism in media has gotten to be rather nauseating, too.  "We're all for equality" say outlets, while they clearly choose sexy eye candy over brains and ability.  Sex sells.  Always has. Always will.

If a man talks dirty to a woman, it's sexual harassment and a lawsuit.

If a woman talks dirty to a man, it's $4.99 per minute.



Chapter Two is up on "Milepost 50" (link at top left).  It's about my grand entrance into TV weather...

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