Earlier this month, Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, hoping to fill the seat left behind by Ted Kennedy, who died of a brain tumor in August.
The Republican politician had done a pretty good job of branding himself as a conservative family man (he opposes gay marriage and is father to "American Idol" season five contestant Ayla Brown
) -- that is until we were reminded
that in 2007 the political blog Wonkette
dug up a 1982 issue of Cosmopolitan featuring a completely nude Brown.
So why is no one talking about it? And better yet, why did we need to be reminded of the pictures' existence? Our best guest is because, well, he's a dude.
While for female politicians (and women in power) it seems posing nude (even in the distant past) is a crime punishable by withheld votes, public disgrace and humiliation, more often than not a naked man in front of the camera is just, well, a naked man in front of a camera. To the media, and the public, no more fuss is made than if pictures of him doing a keg stand in college were uncovered.
It's an understatement to say that it's unfair that fake nude pictures of female politicians (hello, Sarah Palin!) get more attention than real nude pictures of male politicians. But why the double standard? Especially when the media has conditioned us to believe that full-frontal male nudity is far more offensive than a little T & V.