Otherwise, we wouldn't have great stories like this:
A USC Women's Studies professor, on her personal blog, linked to pictures of herself topless.
Unfortunately, she's not really my cup o' tea. (<---WARNING! NOT safe for work, kids, etc)
Here's where it gets even more interesting. So apparently, some students were upset by this. Post-feminist feminists, or whatever you want to call them. They reported the photos to the media. If its one thing the media loves, its another excuse to use those cute black censor bars. So they ran the story.
Even better, the professor made the "scandal" the topic of discussion in her class. No word on whether, as part of the discussion, she flashed the students. But she does criticize the "tattlers." She writes:
Now we need to take responsibility for our part in this. These young people were raised by us, and we are the ones who have taught them that they should have revulsion for nudity and sexuality. We have also taught them that it's appropriate to police women's sexual behavior, that they have the privilege to interfere in female self-determination. As Americans, we have failed them, and I hope that we can continue to evolve as a culture in a direction that is more life-affirming and less fear-based. I have dedicated my life's work to this type of education, one that shows the history of and contexts for our current beliefs and actions and therefore gives us the power to change, should we so choose.What was that? I'm sorry, I was thinking about boobies.
Frankly, as a guy, I'd love it if more women followed this professor's example. We need more strong, confident, half naked women in this world. But well... isn't she kinda of ignoring the well-documented effects of hormones in the learning process? A recent study showed that men who see a hot woman become instantly stupider. Isn't she the least bit concerned that her naked ha has might be a distraction for even the most formidable of male minds in her class? Hell, I'm writing this now and I have difficulty getting that image out of my head. I feel the.. um... smart thing... draining...I... weak... must..continue... type... w%#azew67wst... BOOBS!
After a long rest, I've managed to come back and finish this entry. My point is, women shouldn't be ashamed of their bodies. But women in a position of authority and responsibility should be aware that they are held to higher standards of decorum. And its not because we're a Puritan country or because the evangelicals have brainwashed Congress. It's because it gets hard... to take a naked chick seriously. Now, sure. You can take your girlfriend seriously, your wife, no matter how many times you've seen them naked. But do you think you could take your boss as seriously?
I respect freedom of speech. But if you've chosen to be responsible for teaching the horniest demographic of people alive, putting naked pictures of yourself up on a website your students visit is probably not the wisest choice.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go finish my application to the USC Women's Studies program.