While taking nude photos is increasingly normal for both men and women, it’s women who suffer disproportionate consequences when those photos are made public.
While we don’t see sexually active men as morally questionable, we still live in a world where sexually active women are branded as sluts and shamed them for their sexuality — which is exactly what’s happening to Hill. There is simply more leeway for men to make mistakes or to be imperfect.
The image, which displays milk ducts in all their raw, floral detail, is indeed a new one for many of our eyes. That isn’t out of personal ignorance, or at least not entirely. It’s also because American scientific and medical education – and, troublingly, research, treatment and standards – presume the male body is the default.
The viral image, which displays milk ducts in all their raw, floral detail, is a new one for many of our eyes (my own included). That isn’t out of personal ignorance, or at least not entirely. It’s also because American scientific and medical education – and, troublingly, research, treatment and standards – presume the male body is the default.
While Ms. Gillibrand was called “Senator Working Mom,” Mr. O’Rourke’s status as a parent has been just one part of his story, not the core of it. After losing his Senate race, he took an extended solo road trip to clear his head and blog. A jaunt that would be portrayed as child abandonment had a woman done it “could help him politically, advancing his offbeat brand,” reporters mused. Few fretted about who was watching his children.
"While backlash and disappointment are likely, disillusionment is only as powerful as we make it...change begets change, and this moment marks not the conclusion of a struggle, but one signpost in a longer journey toward a truly equitable nation."
"He brings us back to that comfortable time when politics was optimistic. When we were competent. When America seemed to again represent the best of what was possible. But that ability to feel familiarly inspiring is itself a privilege reserved for men. After all, we still have never had a female president of the United States...There's no mold, then, for bright, charismatic female candidates to fit into, no space for them to gain an advantage via "she reminds me of..."."
Jill Filipovic / Vanity Fair
"Despite media billing, Sandberg was never a feminist icon. But for many feminists, she was the rare example of a high-up woman in the corporate world at least integrating feminist thought into her work, and advocating for gender equality in a male-dominated tech space, where even bringing up gender has been a professional liability."