Attention headline writers, Rep. Richard Steinberg’s texts were sexual not “sexy”

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There is a headline on the Tampa Tribune‘s website above a story written by the Associated Press which reads “Lawmaker resigns over sexy texts to prosecutor.”

Let’s be clear about one thing, headline writers, former Rep. Richard Steinberg’s texts were not “sexy.”  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “sexy” is defined as sexually suggestive or stimulating; generally attractive or interesting.

There was nothing ‘stimulating’ about Steinberg’s texts.  And there was certainly nothing attractive or interesting.

Sexy is a Victoria’s Secret model.  Sexy is not ‘spoofing’ your phone to hide your true identity. Sexy is not sexual harassment.

Richard Steinberg’s texts were harassing and inappropriate, not sexy.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.