Making politics safe for the Internet generation

If you haven’t heard of Krystal Ball yet, let me make your day! Ball is running for the House of Representatives in the state of Virginia. Her opponents attempted to slut-shame her with some mildly racy photos from her past. Ball went home, cried, and came back out swinging with one of the most powerfully pro-women statements I’ve ever seen: The Next Glass Ceiling.

It’s part of this whole idea that female sexuality and serious work are incompatible. But I realized that photos like the ones of me, and ones much racier, would end up coming into the public sphere when women of my generation run for office. And I knew that there could be no other answer to the question than this: Society has to accept that women of my generation have sexual lives that are going to leak into the public sphere. Sooner or later, this is a reality that has to be faced, or many young women in my generation will not be able to run for office.

Go read the whole thing. You’re welcome!

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