Just hours after it was posted, an innocent-enough but nevertheless busty Meghan McCain Twitter photo made Sen. John McCain's daughter a (cute!) pariah.
While her judgment in posting the pic in a public forum was questionable (a fact she admits), the photo was far from slutty or attention-seeking in nature.
Meghan McCain says she is basically being labeled a slut because her breasts are above average in size and were visible in the pic, and she's got a point.
Here's are excerpts from her latest column about the controversy:
"On Wednesday, I posted a hastily taken self-portrait on Twitter - which I thought was funny and silly - and within a few hours I had caused a media scandal.
I spent the next day thinking about what was so shocking about the picture. After all, it’s not like I was making a sex tape. I certainly didn’t pose nude.
Could it be it's because I have breasts? Because for those of you who didn't know, I have two. They're larger than some women's and not as big as others.
Most Meghan McCain pictures are not as controversial as this week's.
To be honest, I don't feel I have anything to be ashamed of. I've embraced my curves and will continue to. It’s the media that have a problem with my body.
For years I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more “sexual” than a flat-chested woman. Once again, I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up.
Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut?
When Rep. Aaron Schock or Rep. Jeff Flake post pictures without suits on, they are “hotties.” But put me in a tank top and I am suddenly an embarrassment to the Republican Party and women everywhere. The double standard is infuriating.
It's not easy to be called a slut. But I'm not giving up my Twitter just yet - I'm just going to be more judicious in how I use it. I am a work in progress.
This is the last time I’ll ever address this non-scandal but I hope that other girls can learn from this episode before they post any kind of picture online.
I learned a valuable lesson about the Internet and boundaries between personal and public use with social media. I wanted to get that off my chest."
What do you think of Meghan McCain's Twitter pic?