Sex and the Presidential Campaign

Can someone tell me how many times we have heard the word “hot” used to describe Sarah Palin?

Instead of complaining about the sexualization of the Veep candidate, media outlets complain about the image being “too real”, such as “But it’s not the content of the story that is the problem. It is the deliberate attempt to show a very beautiful woman in a bad light.

Most cover photos are airbrushed and or touched up when someone’s face is shown that close, unless of course you are a republican.”

A photo shoots Palin from her shoes up, with a male McCain supporter in the background looking like he is framed between her legs.

It is not the first time good looks are “supposedly” shaping a Presidential election. When Warren Harding won in 1920, rumors had it that women voted for his because he was handsome. This is unprovable and presumably a reaction to that election being the first time that women could vote for President.

In 1960, women reportedly appreciated Kennedy’s good looks.

On PBS’ To the Contrary two weeks ago they noted that men rather than women are the majority of Palin’s supporters. Are we surprised that there could be a link between their support and their fantasies?

Anyone know how often tv shows and movies take the brunette, put glasses on her, tied her hair up and make her the librarian or some other intelligent but “mousy” worker. Then, presto, the hair comes down and she is a raving beauty.

Control the hormones, please.

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3 comments so far

  1. […] Sex and the Presidential Campaign By bla2222 Can someone tell me how many times we have heard the word ?hot? used to describe Sarah Palin? Instead of complaining about the sexualization of the Veep candidate, media outlets complain about the image being ?too real?, … Bohemian Yankee in the Capital – https://bla2222.wordpress.com […]

  2. Mari on

    Hey the only, seriously at this point, the ONLY reason why I’m voting for Obama is because it’s time for a Black president.
    Some months I was listening to a podcast with the author of “Myth of the Rational Voter”. To sum it up, people are rationally irrational. So with the exception of a small fraction of the voting public, most will vote based on preconceived ideas and beliefs.

  3. bla2222 on

    Most of us do not behave as rationally as we think we do. Sometimes, it works but not with voting.
    It is time for a paradigm change!


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