Thursday, October 15, 2009

Meghan McCain Chased off Twitter for Having Breasts

Everyone remember when Jessica Valenti was roundly lambasted by, among others, Ann Althouse, for the dreaded offense of possession of mammary glands? Basically, Valenti was in a group picture, and her pose apparently wasn't sufficiently chaste given the size of her cups for some internet denizens (from my perspective, she was just standing there. But what do I know?).

Now, it's Meghan McCain receiving a dose of this medicine. Ms. McCain posted a picture to her twitter account about her lazy night in -- reading a book and dressed in (gasp!) a tank-top! Which revealed (smelling salts, please) cleavage! After what CNN described as a "string of negative responses", McCain wrote dryly: "When I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweat pants, I had no idea this makes me a slut."

McCain apparently has apologized, and I believe this whole thing has caused her to take down her twitter account entirely. It's a shame she felt compelled to apologize, and it's a shame she felt compelled to take down her account. People need to get a grip. Women have breasts. Some are large, some are small, but this idea that a) possessing them and b) not shrouding them in veils and mystery (or even standing the wrong way, in Ms. Valenti's case) is some sort of grave moral offense is just a ridiculous manifestation of contemporary sexism (and immaturity).

UPDATE: Apparently Ms. McCain will not be leaving twitter, and said "To be honest, I don't feel that I have anything to feel ashamed of. I've always embraced my curves and will continue to do so." Good for her.


PG said...

I am particularly amused by the right-wing women who like to fancy themselves as sophisticated, saying that while *they* have no problem with McCain's cleavage showing up in a picture (although they keep referring to it as her breasts, apparently unable to discern the difference between PG rating and R), how dare she be bothered by people being nasty to her about it, she should know that such exposure will inevitably, like gravity itself, with no volition on the part of other humans, cause nastiness.

Ugh, this is why I avoid Twitter.

Superdestroyer said...

Meghan McCain needs to just go away. She is so stupid she does not understand why people dislike her. She is a tremendous example of the privilege that the idiot children of the rich receive.

If she did not criticize everyone else so much, then she would not be criticized.

Maybe if she had ever had a real job, she would understand better.

Sam Kaufman said...

If Megan McCain was trying to get more Twitter followers for herself, this is definitely one effective way to do it