Friday, June 10, 2011

Where Weinergate Stands in a Long (and Strange) Visual Tradition

New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner’s misadventures with his digital camera, Twitter account, and boxers have given us yet another “-gate”— Weinergate. But Weiner’s not the first male figure in power to make some display of his nether regions in a confusion of sexual and political power. Long before tweeting and sexting, kings secular (and sacred) made a point with their genitalia that contributed to a tradition that Weiner’s just the latest, strangest, and saddest to join. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Where Weinergate Stands in a Long (and Strange) Visual Tradition."

[Image: Hans Holbein the Younger. Portrait of Henry VIII (detail). 1536.]

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