Daily Caller Tries to Slut-Shame Ashley Judd Into Not Running

Conservative media outlet The Daily Caller lets everyone know that there are nude images of a potential female candidate for the Kentucky Senate. It’s apparently "news" that actress Ashley Judd has appeared naked in some of her films. And The Daily Caller wants everyone to know exactly how often that happened.

We are used to knowing just about everything there is to know about serious political candidates. But will Judd be the first potential senator who has — literally — nothing left to show us?

The article is written by Taylor Bigler, The Daily Caller’s Entertainment Editor, who also probably thinks this sentence: “It seems like she was particularly liberal with nudity early on in her career” is a witty pun on the term liberal.

Alyssa Rosenberg at ThinkProgress really nails the sexist double-standards coming from The Daily Caller.

It may come as a surprise to the Daily Caller, but actresses don’t generally take their clothes off on-screen as an expression of some sort of groovy seventies lifestyle, or as a way to have sex with people who are not their spouses or partners. Rather, getting asked to take off some or all of your clothes is, for a lot of actors, a frequent requirement of the job, and something that until recently, tended to be asked of women more frequently than men.

Ashley Judd hasn’t even declared yet whether she will run for the Kentucky Senate seat against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and she’s already attracting gobs of negative and sexist media coverage.

There is no purpose to Taylor Bigler’s article other than to punish and shame Ashley Judd for the sin of being an actress and a woman. We’re reminded of Krystal Ball who was running for Congress when some personal photos of hers were splashed across the media and used to question her electability.  As Ball wrote then: “The tactic of making female politicians into whores is nothing new.”

But what’s different now is that we can speak up and call out the sexism as we see it. Taylor Bigler is on Twitter and her email is bigler@dailycaller.com.  David Martosko is The Daily Caller’s Executive Editor. His email is david@dailycaller.com. Let them know branding Ashley Judd with a Scarlett A for being an actress is sexist and demeaning, not just to her but to all women who may run for office. 

Published by Rachel Larris on 03/04/2013

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