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!