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Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown Wants Kennedy's Spot, Once Posed Nude in Cosmo Magazine

Would a Female Politician Get Away With This?

On Saturday, Republican State Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the US Senate, desiring to fill in the spot left open by Senator Edward Kennedy's passing. He is branding himself as a fiscal conservative and Washington outsider.

But as political blog Wonkette uncovered in 2007, Senator Brown had a nude centerfold spread in a 1982 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine when he was 22. In law school at Boston College when he bared all, Brown said he'd take his "America's Sexiest Man" prize money — a whopping $1,000 — and put it toward tuition.

Not many people are in an uproar around this, but I doubt if a female politician had posed nude when she was in her early twenties that she'd make it past the day she announced her candidacy. A Newsweek blogger thinks no one cares about Brown's past "because he's a dude." I guess the anti-gay marriage candidate should feel lucky these pics weren't in Playgirl!


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Boricua Boricua 7 years
Sugar et al should stay off such obviously partisan politics. Unless of course you want to alienate visitors.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
I don't necessarily have a problem with any politician posing nude, but I'm sure the general public would be far more accepting if a man did this than a woman. Sarah Palin got so much ridicule just for participating in beauty pageants (and for other things, too, but I think the pageant thing would have been a point of ridicule even if she had been brilliant).
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Cosmo sure has changed!
WritingLikeCrazy WritingLikeCrazy 7 years
Interesting how women who work as police officers or even secretaries get fired for posing for nudie magazines or working as prostitutes. But a guy who shows his John Thomas in Cosmo gets to run for the nation's senate. What's the better reason not to vote for him - because he didn't have the foresight back then NOT to pose in the flesh, or because he looks like such a cheeseball in the picture?
Countess827 Countess827 7 years
If it was a female they would question her character and integrity even if she was using the money for law school tuition. As a male, I don't think he would endure the same criticism.
sontaikle sontaikle 7 years
@runningesq I agree. If he were a female politician it would be a big "scandal." It's sickening that we treat female and males differently this way.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
A woman would be crucified for this.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I agree also with skigurl and lilkimbo, it's the issues I care about not nude photos or whether they have a D or an R next to their name.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
A female probably wouldn't get away with it, but I don't think that's a reason to fault him for it. Skigurl, I'm with you, his stance on the issues is what's more important.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
lol spacekatgal
skigurl skigurl 7 years
agree, a female likely wouldn't get away with this, at least not without a lot of criticism the picture doesn't bother me's the anti-gay marriage thing that makes me cringe
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Theres no way a woman politician would EVER get away with that... maybe i like another 100 years... but thats still doubtful.
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