Is Scott Brown's Vanity The Cure For The Political Double Standard?Irin Carmon3/01/10 2:40pmFiled to: naked truthsRuth EldredgeScott brown looksscott brownsarah palinWomen in politics42EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOf all of the bewildering reversals that Scott Brown represents as the new Republican senator from Massachusetts, the way his perceived hotness has inexorably taken center stage is particularly intriguing. What does it mean, if anything, for female politicians?AdvertisementFrank Bruni's profile of Brown in the most recent New York Times Magazine is a perplexing case study in the Brown phenomenon.Profiles of female politicians are, in my mind, always subject to a loose "Would they write this about a man?" test. Classic examples include much of the coverage of Hillary Clinton and a widely critiqued New York Times profile of Condoleeza Rice in 2000, which included her dress size, her grooming habits, and information about her diet.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.