Monday, March 17, 2008

Hillary Clinton - Obviously Not A Slave to Fashion

In the Guardian a snarky article by Hadley Freeman titled Why does Hillary Clinton wear such bad clothes? In the past did reporters ever comment in print about the wardrobes of Golda Meir or Indira Ghandi? Do we get stories in the Guardian about Angela Merkle's wardrobe. The amount of scrutiny over Hillary Clinton's appearance is so over the top. I don't expect a female presidential candidate to look like Anna Wintour or some other fashionista. And, I'm tired of seeing candidates and their wives dressed up like a phony packaged products.
This isn't about politics, it's about misogyny and unrealistic expectations about what a middle age woman is supposed to look like in this society.
Check out Linda Grant's comment on this subject at The Thoughful Dresser.
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1 comment:

Deja Pseu said...

I agree! It's about "othering" her.

Another common political tactic from the GOP is to comment on some aspect of a male Democratic candidate's appearance (Edwards' haircut, Gore's "earth tones") so as to "feminize" them in people's minds. Misogyny, pure and simple.

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