Scott Walker Ordered a Woman Fired Because She Modeled Thongs. Scott Walker Would Love Reddit.

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Feb. 24 2014 1:01 PM

Scott Walker Ordered a Woman Fired Because She Modeled Thongs. Scott Walker Would Love Reddit.

You see, women who wear sexy underwear can never be doctors.

Pool photo by Andy Wong/Getty Images

Should sexy women get to be doctors? It appears that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks not. Among the various revelations that have come out of a nascent political scandal regarding the misuse of government resources by Walker's staff when he was a county executive running for governor, one of the most petty has to be that Walker ordered the firing of a doctor at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division because she once modeled underwear.

The order was discovered in the thousands of pages of emails recently released by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Walker's chief of staff at the time, Thomas Nardelli, emailed Walker to alert him to the supposedly scandalous revelation that this doctor, who Nardelli admits was checked out through "all professional channels to determine credentials," had "a checkered past." The evidence of the checkered past? She has "done some modeling work" that "isn't pornographic, but is quite suggestive," including modeling thong underwear.


Walker replied with, "Get rid of the MD asap," though the Behavioral Health Division has not confirmed if that actually happened. Email tone is notoriously easy to misread, but what is startling here is the apparent lack of hesitation, as if it's immediately clear that underwear modeling is so beyond the pale that any woman who participates should face lifelong employment repercussions. 

Of course, Walker is far from the only person who seems to think that women who are sexy in public need to be penalized. Reddit has become home to a large group of men who have made a mission out of such punishments. Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon writes this week about how an Olympic volunteer who was photographed with her shirt halfway rolled up at the Sochi Games so bedeviled these men on Reddit that they made it their job to "dox" her—that is, expose as much of her personal information as possible online. "From when her first pic showed up," wrote one Reddit user, "I knew that chick was looking for this attention." And this "looking for attention" seems to be the catch-all excuse to justify any level of doxxing or harassment. 

As Clark-Flory writes, this is hardly a unique circumstance. Women are routinely doxxed and harassed on Reddit for the perceived crime of being sexy. She reports on a variety of women, some who posted anonymous pictures of sexy poses and some who weren't even trying to be sexy with their selfies, who have found their names and contact information floated in retaliation. It seems that there are all different ways to chastise women for showing skin. In this regard, the creeps on Reddit and the governor of Wisconsin are on the same page.

Amanda Marcotte is a Brooklyn-based writer and DoubleX contributor. She also writes regularly for the Daily Beast, AlterNet, and USA Today. Follow her on Twitter.



Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?


Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 9:13 PM The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
Oct. 20 2014 11:36 PM Forget Oculus Rift This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual-reality experience.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.