The Sexist

Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller Avoids Nipples (For Now)

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Today, Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller, a Web site that has been hailed as the conservative answer to the Huffington Post. Given my peculiar obsessions with Arianna Huffington's left-leaning political tabloid, I had but one question for Carlson: Will there be nipples?

Last June, I noted the Huffington Post's regular publication of "nipple slips," or the accidentally bared nipples of major and minor celebrities. I argued that the promotion of these red-carpet snafus encourages readers to objectify women's bodies, while denying those women the agency to control their own nipple exposure—and that these non-consensual erotic displays compromised the Huffington Post's ostensibly progressive bent. (Recall this intensely zoomed-in image of the outer reaches of Beyonce's areola to reveal the depths of HuffPo's obsession with accidental nipples).

When pressed on what it all means, editor Arianna Huffington insisted that a nipple slip is divorced from political ideology: "As Freud said, 'Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar'—and a nipple slip is just a nipple slip." (Translation: Sometimes a cigar does not mean a "penis," but sometimes a "woman's nipple" does mean a "woman's nipple," and that means lot of page-views).

Huffington's armchair psychoanalysis failed to shed any light on the matter: How is the objectification of women justified by political progressives? With the launch of Carlson's Caller, I was presented with a rare opportunity to see how a right-leaning Web site might deal with women's boobs peeking out of their dresses. Would it lean toward the side of abstinence-informed modesty? Would it tend toward boy's-club objectification? Or would it just publish, like, real news?

I e-mailed Carlson to ask him about his site's political ideology, and whether it would embrace nipples. Carlson's response: "I can't promise the site will be areola-free—in my experience these things are hard to predict—but even at this late stage we haven't settled on a firm nipple policy," he wrote.

So far, the Daily Caller has yet to promote images of any accidentally naked celebrities on the Web. A perusal of the Daily Caller's "Entertainment" page reveals some tabloid fare ("Lohan in paparazzi incident...again"), and some sexy news ("Avatar was supposed to have a sex scene"), but, alas, no nipples:

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Yet.

  • Reid

    "(Translation: Sometimes a cigar does not mean a “penis,” but sometimes a “woman’s nipple” does mean a “woman’s nipple,” and that mens lot of page-views)."

    A Freudian slip in a sentence about Freud? You're getting too damn meta Amanda...

  • andrew

    but will there be bowties?

  • Reid

    Also, I think Tucker's "firm nipple" double entendre should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    HAH!

  • Nick H

    I personally don't like Tucker Carlson, but I'm actually a little amused by his response, to be honest. I imagine the question probably caught him a little bit off-guard, in a social absurdist kindof way. It's not every day someone launching an ostensibly news-related site gets asked about nipple policy, after all...

  • http://twitter.com/LoriG Lori

    I'm just waiting for HuffPo to do a pro-breastfeeding article. Yes, public breastfeeding rights for all, even though nipples are shocking and scandalous!!!1!

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Americans are about 200 years behind Europeans on the evolutionary scale, & are regressing. Soon there will be two species - homo sapiens americanus, & homo sapiens eurorpeanus.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Tucker Carlson is just another right wing hack funded by psychotic billionaires. He's just Glenn Beck in a bow tie, Rush Limbaugh only not so fat or addicted to oxycontin.

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