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Even United States Senators Get the Blues

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 12 2011

There was a time in the not-so-distant past, it's probably safe to say, when a senator or other high official posting something like this would have a fair number of people chattering about demeaning the office:

Instead, the Democratic senator from Missouri's admission that she wasn't not feeling so hot this morning provoked a far more human reaction -- a mix of supportive tweets and critiques holding that her language only reinforces a cultural obsession with a woman's weight. A sampling:

You're a smart, powerful, accomplished woman. Please don't break my heart by judging yourself by your weight instead.

Calling yourself "fat" doesn't help you or other women. Its reinforces bad body image and lets Glen Beck call Megan McCain fat.

The tweet from @clairecmc earlier made me so sad. There's so much pressure to be thin that even a smart, capable US Senator is not immune.

you're gorgeous-- and you're smarter and more accomplished than 99.999% of women. Don't lose sight of what's really important.

You are beautiful. You shouldn't let society's absurd fascination with stick figures affect you.

It's more important to be strong than it is to be slim! Keep up the good work at the gym, and do not forget to lift weights!

depressing. even female senators have to live up to being "thin."

At least we can be fairly certain that she's tweeting for herself. Who would dare?