Speaking of boobs

Seal of the Commonwealth of VirginiaIf the official seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia strikes you as excessively erotic, you just might be the Attorney General:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently isn’t fond of wardrobe malfunctions, even when Virginia’s state seal is involved.

The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed. But on the new lapel pins Cuccinelli recently handed out to his staff, Virtus’ bosom is covered by an armored breastplate.

When the new design came up at a staff meeting, workers in attendance said Cuccinelli joked that it converts a risqué image into a PG one.

It appears to me that Mr Cuccinelli has missed out on an opportunity here. Virtus, the name, is derived from “vir,” which means “man”: the virtues implied are those which were perceived as deriving from masculinity, and when it became necessary to personify them — but no, let’s not go there. Besides, the Greek version (“Arete”) definitely wound up as a goddess, and anything the Greeks did, the Romans thought they could do better.

The issue here, though, isn’t Roman history, but boobage, which will not win the AG any Brownie points:

The joke might be on him, said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato.

“When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally,” he said. “This is classical art, for goodness’ sake.”

I’m happy to do my part to make Dr Sabato’s prophecy come true.

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    3 May 2010 · 12:08 pm

    There’s something unintentionally ironic about the motto now, considering that fear-of-exposing-children or Political Correctness or God-knows what (fear of Iranian earthquakes?) has caused the state to cover up the seal.

    (It’s kind of like my graduate institution: we used to have a motto from Chaucer: “And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” (in some places on campus, it was even written in middle English) Now, the motto sounds more like Romper Room: “Gladly we learn and teach.”)

    (I will say: I wouldn’t have guessed that was a chick on the seal unless someone had told me.)

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