January 25, 2010, - 2:29 pm

Would You Pose w/ Your Daughters Like This?

By Debbie Schlussel

As readers know, I’m happy Scott Brown was elected as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and I criticized Glenn Beck for his unhinged comments about Brown joking about his daughters being available.  His comment that this is all going to end “with a dead intern” was ridiculous.


Still, some readers noted this photo, below, of Brown posing with  his daughters, one of them in clam shells, which–if she weren’t flat-chested–wouldn’t cover much, and barely do, as it is.  I gotta say, the picture looks like a tourist guy posing with waitresses at Honolulu Hooters.  It appears they’re posing at some Hawaiian-themed luau-style party at their home.

Still, I can’t imagine most sane, protective fathers allowing their daughters to wear that kind of get-up, much less posing proudly with her in it.  There’s something weird about it.  It’s hardly a bikini.  A certain “conservative” columnist–her name is Fraudkin–thinks it’s no big deal, while she’s made a career of attacking left-wing celebs who wear far more, but are still dressed immodestly (including Billy Ray Cyrus who posed in photos with daughter Miley).  Hey, double-standards are under-rated, right?  Yes, I didn’t have much of a problem with Brown’s posing nearly naked in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1982, which was 28 years ago. But it’s a different standard for guys (who pose shirtless all the time, etc. ), and he wasn’t exactly posing with his mother.

Let’s hope that in the future, Brown uses a little more fatherly and personal discretion.  And also keep in mind, on the other hand, that if this were Ted Kennedy, he wouldn’t just be posing with them, he’d be forcing himself on top of them in a drunken stupor in the middle of a restaurant at lunchtime (or driving them into a river to die).

I’m sure he’ll be the best U.S. Senator we could imagine (and better) from Massachusetts.  What do you think of the photos?  Would you let your daughter or grand-daughter wear the clam shell pasties look?

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65 Responses

It’s not that they were dressed that way to go clubbing. If people find this soooooo offensive then I guess the Muslims are correct in that women should wear a burqa.

perception of truth on January 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

If all the other teens in this country were not wearing skimpy bathing suits too this photo might be risque but it is in the eye of the beholder as well, it doesn’t appear that they feel t is anything other than a vacation photo. I am thrilled he was elected because he is intelligent and a Lt. Col. who hopefully will try to protect our nation. Another wonderful patriot is running in Tennessee (6th Dist., as Republican), Dave Evans. All you Tennesseans please get the word out about him. Like DeVore in CA, his funds are not what other contenders are, but guaranteed, he is the best man for the job in US Congress and will look after our security interests. Spread the word.

CJ on January 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

It’s a Hawaiian party! Nothing wrong taking a photo with your own daughters! People wear much smaller bikinis at the beach… So dads are now not allowed to be in pictures with their own daughters if they are in swim suits? I missed that memo. He looks happy and proud as he should be.

M-B on January 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Also a HUGE Scott Brown fan from MA and still on a natural high that he won last Tuesday.

Unfortunate photo though, IMO, too much flesh on display. Young women today know next to nothing about the power of modesty or mystery. They’d do well to watch old Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn movies, neither of whom went around half-dressed, both of whom were smoldering beauties. That the photo was snapped at a party for Grandma doesn’t make it much better to me! Grandparents are often uncomfortable with the revealing clothing of their grandkids. (Obviously we don’t know what Grandma Brown thinks.)

That said, they’re a good-looking, athletic family, and they obviously feel that if you’ve got it, you should flaunt it.

Kelly Two on January 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

It’s really an equivelent to a bikini. Don’t really have much of a problem with it. That could change if I ever do have a daughter though, who knows.

Denver on January 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

I have no problem with persons dressing they way they want, provided that it is not sexually suggestive. Yes, it’s a subjective standard, but simply showing off one’s body is not sexually suggestive, as far as I’m concerned. Others, no doubt, will disagree. Brown, his wife, and his daughters now have shown us all much more of them than we might want, but that is there prerogative. It does not disqualify him for politics.

I do have a problem with those who attack members of one political party on issues of morality (such as exposure of flesh), and then make excuses for others. Sarah Palin got a pass regarding premarital sex in her family, and it came from some of the same politicians who railed about “morality” and “family values”. Practice what you preach, or shut up.

In closing, why you, Debbie, an intelligent and educated woman, would waste your breath on a living non-sequitur such as Glenn Beck is beyond me. Let the moron blather. He makes sense only to those who want to agree with his conclusions regardless of the tortured path he uses to reach them.

Stephen S. on January 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

Hi Debbie,

Come on… relaxe. Who are you to judge others? Would you have published this photo if the girls were ugly?

I think you’re looking at your own interest, your own image.

Pierre Cloutier

Pierre Cloutier on February 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I am pro robes in church. I think males and females both who are immodestly dressed at mass obliged to wear robes in church. When I start I want to be obliged to wear robes in church whether I’m modestly dressed or not.

    Adam Scott on February 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

My daughters wouldn’t dare show up like that in front of me. They would take the photo with robes on, then go back to the scanties after I left.

jcm on February 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

If I was the father of that daughter, I’d ask her if those clam shells were clean(clams are pretty slimy). On the beach, I wear a racoon hat, Speedo swimsuit, black socks and hard shoes. Chicks dig me.

Truth on August 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

I would not only let them pose like that. I would let them pose topless or nude if they wanted to.

Bob Harrley on January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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