Meghan McCain: Don’t call me a slut

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On Wednesday, I posted a hastily taken self-portrait on Twitter—which I thought was funny and silly—and within a few hours I had caused a minor media scandal. I spent most of the next day thinking about what exactly was so shocking about the picture, why there was such an immediate and nasty overreaction. After all, it’s not like I was caught making a sex tape. I certainly didn’t pose nude for Playboy. And I hadn’t even exposed a nipple.

So why all this Sturm und Drang?

Could it be it’s because I have breasts? Because for those of you who didn’t know, I have two. They’re larger than some women’s and not as big as others. I don’t usually show off my cleavage—as I did in the photos I posted—which I will admit is not the smartest thing I have ever done. But it’s just not worth the drama it caused.

Why indeed?

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. I’d rather be the size I am than a skinny model fired for being too fat. And once again, a day after writing about my weight, it’s the media that have a problem with my body.

For years I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more “sexual” than a flat-chested woman. And once again I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up. Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut? It’s pathetic we can come so far in so many ways, but when Rep. Aaron Schock or Rep. Jeff Flake post pictures of themselves without their suits on—and their shirts, for that matter—they are proclaimed “hotties.” But put me in a tank top and I am suddenly an embarrassment to the Republican Party and women everywhere. The double standard is infuriating.

Since I am built much like Ms. McCain, I understand her frustration. When I wore blouses, tank tops or anything even slightly revealing, the male attention would be insane, most of it unpleasant. As a teacher, it was important (to me) to be sexually invisible to my students. For the longest time I wore minimizer bras. Not anymore. I’m tired of dealing w/ it. Joke ’em if they can’t take a fuck.
The Daily Beast

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7 thoughts on “Meghan McCain: Don’t call me a slut

  1. youch. One of my ex’s had the same… volume problem. only she was so used to having them that sometimes she wouldn’t realize taht she was totally falling out of her top.

    it was both hot and weird.

  2. Well, as a member of the male demographic who finds women built like this incredibly attractive, all I can say is: It’s the testosterone ladies… And our cavemen tendencies. We just can’t help it.

    I always make a concerted effort to never treat anyone any inappropriately, or any different because of it, but you have to realize it does affect us in ways that are difficult to control. Please go easy on us… 😀

    Ok, I think I’ll exit now before I am stabbed to death with stiletto heels.

    P.S. Just my humble opinion but I think the folks who feel she should be covering up or otherwise hiding her curves are morons. Being attractive does not automatically make you a slut. Idiots.

    1. I’m sure *you* would be able to tell the difference between a guy giving you a genuine compliment and a jerk being inappropriately lewd, but for most other women, I dunno.

      These days I think it depends on whether a woman likes you or not. It seems like if they don’t like you, even a compliment will be taken the wrong way, whereas if they do like you, an outright inappropriate statement will get little more than a giggle and a “Oh You’re so bad!!”

      That double standard seems to work both ways…

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