Context is everything.
Amanda at Pandagon found this story (and we found it through Arthur D. Hlavaty). There’s nothing new about exploiting women’s cleavage in the newspaper, and there’s nothing surprising about an Alabama reporter being upset because his column had a cleavage picture. The gold is in Loretta Nall’s response to having her cleavage in the paper. Here’s a peek:
While I am in no way ashamed of the photo, a little cleavage never hurt anyone after all, I have to question your decisions of not contacting me for a photo and using information from a website other than my campaign website, which is located at http://www.nallforgovernor.com .
I also question why you chose that particular photo out of about 200 available on the internet, many of which were more suitable for the political nature of the article in which the photo appeared. It doesn’t seem to be a decision that a person of your journalistic credibility and background would make.
On the up side, my web traffic has been through the roof….I guess nothing drives people to website quite like a shot at seeing some high profile boobies. If nothing else, you have secured me the “horny guy” vote that exists among your readers.
Nall’s straightforward acceptance of both cleavage and exploitation is refreshing. I wish attitudes like hers were more common, and more commonly publicized.
On a completely different note, I don’t feel good about sculptor Mary Ellen Scherl based on her description of the great good she did a nameless fat woman by increasing her self-esteem so she could lose weight. Nonetheless, Scherl’s current project seems to be doing good, and doing it well.
Thanks to Kathy Walton for the Mamorial article link.