Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm shocked - SHOCKED - to discover that Meghan McCain has breasts!

Count me as a liberal who actually kinda likes Meghan McCain. Her early media personality was a little obnoxious, but since her father lost the election, she's come into her own as a blogger for the Daily Beast, calling out the Young Republicans for electing a bigot as their leader, taking a bold stance in favor of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and generally holding healthy, rational views toward sexuality. It may not hurt that she's cute as a button (what red-blooded blue-stater doesn't have at least a slight cute Republican fetish?), but mostly I admire the way she's used her celebrity as a political super-child to shape the ideological direction of her party in a way that makes her a walking target for the GOP establishment.

How fitting, then, that poor Meghan has most recently come under attack from her fellow conservatives for having boobs -- specifically, big ones. That's right, the internet is apparently up-in-arms over a picture Meghan posted on her Twitter feed that happened to accentuate her ample cleavage. See exhibit A:

I'm not exactly sure what's offensive or shocking about this photo. Meghan is a beauty, but she's not petite. Surely her cup-size comes as no particular surprise to those who follow her. Likewise, the photo is not lascivious. I regularly see more skin in the Cinema Survey class I teach. This isn't Miley Cyrus on a stripper pole. Meghan's just a young woman slumming around at home in a tank-top who took the same kind of awkward, casual self-portrait posted daily by the thousands in the Twitterverse. They're boobs! Get over it! But the backlash was enough to rank a story on CNN and an apology from Meghan herself:
"I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic," McCain wrote Wednesday about the photo that has been viewed 103,911 and counting. "I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended."
I'm more offended by her use of "2" in place of "to" than by the "two" that caused such an uproar. Look, it's one thing if everyone was up in arms over a photoshopped magazine cover meant to accentuate Meghan's breasts to objectify her, but this isn't a girl being objectified. This is just a girl. The minute we start going crazy over the very presence of women's bodies in our lives, we've lost all perspective. Meghan owes no one an apology, but a whole lot of people owe her an apology for reducing her body to a sexual totem. Get over your hang-ups and leave the girl alone!

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