Hot Naked Law Students

A BC Law student poses topless for a Boston-area laddie mag. No one really cares, including me. But I did find this part of the article interesting:

With a winsome pout, the blonde first-year law student from South Carolina posed topless for the cover of a Boston men’s magazine, although a Boston College pennant covers her embarrassment.

Her embarrassment? Is that what we’re calling ta-tas these days?

An attorney and a law student also weigh in, basically saying that the woman is unprofessional. Which, yeah, posing topless with your law school’s banner over your breasts doesn’t exactly scream “Responsible and mature future lawyer.” But I’ll bet that she’s getting more positive feedback for this photo spread — even if that feedback is naturally punctuated with “what a slut” commentary — than she would have gotten for holding down a high GPA at Boston College. And many young women are brought up believing (not inaccurately) that if we’re blessed with beauty, it’ll be more beneficial to us than brains, and that “you’re gorgeous” is a better compliment than “you’re brilliant.” I’m not all that surprised that even a smart, highly educated young woman with all kinds of things to be proud of would also want to receive positive feedback on her looks, and would pose in a magazine in order to get that feedback.


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18 comments for “Hot Naked Law Students

  1. Luna
    March 16, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    There’s a diet drug on the market here (can’t remember the name, and wouldn’t want to give them any publicity anyway) that causes short-term memory loss. There’s a radio DJ who takes it and gives regular updates on it. He’s lost a lot of weight, and comments on the biggest drawback being, “It makes me stupid”. Someone called in and said she’d rather be skinny and pretty than smart anyway, so it wasn’t deterring her. A number of people called in agreeing. I thought it was so sad.

  2. Regina
    March 16, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Regarding “embarrassment”: Well, if she’s busty, it could be short for an ’embarrassment of riches’

    (ducks)

    Seriously, though, that is downright Victorian.

  3. March 16, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Geez, could it be that she did the photo spread to pay for law school? Oh, the shame of not being supported by a husband or by mommy and daddy!

  4. car
    March 16, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    What is that they say? “Tell pretty women they’re smart and smart women they’re pretty”?

  5. Mandolin
    March 16, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    and women who are both or neither?

  6. klein's tiny left nut
    March 16, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    I like an embarrassment of riches as much as the next guy, but as a middle aged lawyer, I cringed reading this. It just doesn’t strike me as the path to being taken seriously in a somewhat stodgy profession. (Only “somewhat” you say).

    I am not a puritan in the least little bit, I think people should let the old freak flag fly and enjoy life . . yet, I think this smacks of someone who is having a hard time thinking beyond tomorrow.

    And yes, I would say the same thing about a young male law student doing the same thing on the cover of whatever the female or gay equivalent of a lad magazine is.

  7. March 16, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Does it really qualify as topless when you still can’t see anything? I mean, it was a friggin’ pennant, not tassles. Indeed, the pictures of her “topped” show far more of her “embarassment” than the “topless” photos did.

    Anyway, living in Boston, I doubt she did the photoshoot to pay for law school. Maybe to pay for a book, if even that. Its not really a “laddie mag” in any functional sense of the word. Its genuinely a decent independant local sports paper which unfortunetly quite shamelessly tries to draw attention to itself by addorning the cover of the tabloid with a scantly clad woman every issue. Thus forcing me to immediately fold up the paper whenever I pick it up so I’m not seen walking around carrying what looks like porn. Even if the alt-weeklies all have extensive “adult services” sections, they leave it on the inside. Still, the writing can be good, if a little flamboyantly manly at times. All that said, while the paper has increased its profile, if it is even paying their cover models, its not paying them much because I don’t see how the paper could be making that much money. She might pay for a book or two, but its not making a dent in BC Law’s tuition. So, whatever her motives were, I don’t think it was about the money.

  8. March 16, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Geez, could it be that she did the photo spread to pay for law school? Oh, the shame of not being supported by a husband or by mommy and daddy!

    Given how expensive law school is, I’m pretty sure that no photo spread would pay for it. And I got the impression that this wasn’t paid, but I don’t know.

    As for the “mommy and daddy” thing, I don’t know if that was directed at me in any way, but mommy and daddy sure don’t contribute to my law school education.

  9. March 16, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Jill — I agree. Been there and done that, and I can’t imagine any such spread would pay for a semester of textbooks, let alone law school. (By the way, on your post about your experience — I was disgusted and I hope and expect you will come out on top).

    This decision is incredibly shortsighted. It seems to be about publicity rather than money, which I agree is a defensible reason to do anything that doesn’t hurt anyone. In this case, the victim will be herself. The cost in job opportunities far outweighs any positive that could come from this.

  10. tzs
    March 17, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Eh, chalk this up to her being stupid and moving on….

    Reminds me of the Depressories Poster:

    “The entire purpose of your life may be to serve as a warning to others.”

  11. Sophist
    March 17, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Her embarrassment? Is that what we’re calling ta-tas these days?

    Makes sense, femal bodies being a source of shame and all.

  12. sophonisba
    March 17, 2007 at 3:26 am

    And yes, I would say the same thing about a young male law student doing the same thing on the cover of whatever the female or gay equivalent of a lad magazine is.

    Oh please, don’t be coy. Don’t tease. Let us know what the female equivalent is. I, for one, have all the time in the world to wait and see what you come up with.

    I like an embarrassment of riches as much as the next guy

    This is code for “I like to look at tits, but don’t expect me to respect the woman they’re attacted to,” is it?

  13. car
    March 17, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Entirely OT, although I’ll try to make it fit – for a positive story about girls that actually doesn’t disparage their bodies or what they’re doing with them, the NYTimes today has a fairly kick-ass article on Florida teenage girls who are in weightlifting as a sport.

  14. TikiHead
    March 17, 2007 at 10:16 am

    ‘Embarassment’ is technically incorrect — everyone knows that word is from the Latin term for ‘bare assedness.’ Had it been her behind, then it would be correct. The word the writer should have used is ‘Embarbooblement,’ also from the Latin.

  15. March 17, 2007 at 10:43 am

    As for the “mommy and daddy” thing, I don’t know if that was directed at me in any way

    No, no. It was directed at the notion that being a law student clearly means one is independently wealthy and thus wouldn’t do anything for money unless it boosted a resume.

    This is code for “I like to look at tits, but don’t expect me to respect the woman they’re attacted to,” is it?

    Well, be fair. It’s also code for “I think the young lady associates in the office are great eye candy, but unless they dowdy up they’re unworthy of promotion.”

  16. March 17, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    ‘Embarassment’ is technically incorrect — everyone knows that word is from the Latin term for ‘bare assedness.

    It only just occurred to me, but are they using “embarassment” in the sense of “an embarassment of riches”?

  17. Klein's tiny left nut
    March 17, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I was truthfully asserting that I don’t think that there is an equivalent of a female lad magazine (and yes, I do occasionally enjoy looking at tits as well). The premise that I don’t respect the women to whom they are attached is wrong, wrong, wrong. I work in a small law firm with several women partners who are among the most talented lawyers I’ve ever met. We also have an array of extemely good women associates — indeed in recent years, almost all of our hires have been talented women, as for some reason the men who have come our way have not impressed. I have been both mentored by and mentor to and just plain old colleagues with women and am much the better lawyer for it.

    I was merely saying that I cringe sometimes when young people do things without a sense of the permenance such actions can have on their reputations or the manner in which people perceive them (and yes, this does matter professionally). I am not just talking about this women, but people who post stuff on myspace and facebook and other sites without contemplating the permanence of these media. I did as many stupid things as the next guy, but my audience tended to be limited to my immediate circle and whoever was in the bar that night. Google is an unforgiving bastard.

    So I apologize if I gave the wrong impression of what I was trying to convey.

  18. W. Kiernan
    March 18, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    …”I’m going to assume she’s a pretty bright individual, but I think this particular thing is an error in judgment, said Peter Bella, an attorney in Waltham. “Unless she’s doing it to feed a starving child, it wouldn’t be a decision I would make.”

    …”It’s not the exactly the image you want to project as a serious individual who would take on a client’s problem in a serious fashion,” Bella said…

    “A percentage of the student body felt it didn’t reflect the standards of professionalism and morals at BC law,” [Evers] said…”

    What is this crap? Who are these freaks? Because one is planning on becoming a lawyer some time five or ten years in the future, this now means one has to conduct oneself as though standing in a courtroom addressing a judge, 24/7, starting yesterday? No future lawyers can ever go to the beach again? at least not without splashing dishonor, unprofessionality and immorality not only all over themselves but also on the law school they attended and on the law firm which was unwise enough to hire them?

    I say “go to the beach” because this is pretty much the same as what Ms. Reynolds did. The salivating headline says she “posed topless,” which in ordinary American usage means she exposed her nipples to the lens (woo-eee!) but in fact she had a banner covering her nipples, which means that the photo was no more “NSFW” than the photos on the covers of magazines in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. I see photos on billboards along the Interstate that are no less racy than this.(Here’s the photo in “Barstool Sports,” see for yourself.) Here in Florida, pretty much everybody – two-year-old to eighty-year-old, ugly or gorgeous, male or female – shows quite as much skin or more every time they go to the public beach. Big deal! Even lawyers get days off. But I guess female law students don’t ever.

    Not that any sane person would have any right to complain even if, OMG, Ms. Reynolds had allowed the photographer to show her nipples. There’s nothing wrong with nipples. Of course we’re not talking about sane people here.

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