Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Release of Candidate's Private Photos Highlight Sexism in Politics

NPR News: Candidates' Racy Photos Raise Sexism, Privacy Issues, by Liz Halloran:

Krystal Ball was a little-known Virginia Democrat with an intriguing name, running a long-shot campaign for Congress in a district held by Republicans for more than three decades.

But that was last week.

Ball, 28, has now landed on the national stage for reasons even she says she wished had remained private.

Six-year-old Christmas party photos showing Ball dressed as a sexy Mrs. Claus and clowning around with her now former husband recently surfaced on the Internet. In the photos, taken at a private home, he's on a sparkly leash and wearing fuzzy antlers, his nose adorned with a Rudolph-red plastic penis.

Embarrassing? A most emphatic "yes," says Ball, who Tuesday told NPR that her inclination after the photos were posted — she believes they were provided to a conservative blogger by someone she knew at the party — was to "hide in a corner."

But hide she did not. . . .

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