On the front page of the Daily Beast today is a story by Meghan McCain with the headline, “Sarah Palin Is A Tease!” Note the exclamation mark is The Daily Beast’s, not mine.
The headline though is incredibly suggestive. Let’s cut to the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “tease:”
“Candidates who are serious about running for president flirt and tease up to a point”
“We don’t need to be distracted by Sarah Palin’s attention-seeking antics anymore, unless of course she actually decides to stop flirting ”
“She jerks you around because you let yourselves be jerked around”
I have no problem with criticizing Palin for what is indeed pretty ludicrous behavior, but she’s there’s nothing about her behavior that suggests that she is ‘tempting someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused,’ and the metaphor just perpetuates the mainstream (lamestream?) media treating Palin in an incredibly sexualized fashion.* Would Meghan McCain be using the same language about a male politician?
* I wanted to link to a Playboy article entitled “Ten Conservative Women We’d Like To Hate F**k,” but the Playboy website apparently took it down