Friday, July 20, 2007

Playing The Fashion Field

Who the heck cares if Hillary is wearing a V shaped neckline instead of a round shaped one? What does her change of clothing have to do with the price of tomatoes or her qualifications in running for president? To waste a whole Washington Post column on something so frivolous and with such a patently passive aggressive bias by the author, isn't journalism, it's spite.
With Clinton, there was the sense that you were catching a surreptitious glimpse at something private. You were intruding -- being a voyeur. Showing cleavage is a request to be engaged in a particular way. It doesn't necessarily mean that a woman is asking to be objectified, but it does suggest a certain confidence and physical ease. It means that a woman is content being perceived as a sexual person in addition to being seen as someone who is intelligent, authoritative, witty and whatever else might define her personality. It also means that she feels that all those other characteristics are so apparent and undeniable, that they will not be overshadowed.
Isn't nice to know how equal this country perceives its women? Necklines and hemlines are more important than ability. These guys aren't even original anymore, they keep taking their cue from old episodes of The West Wing. Or in a worst case scenario, from the current occupants of this administration.

1 comment:

  1. I was shaking my head at that story too. The craziness surrounding Edward's haircut doesn't even out the never-ending focus on what women wear first - and what they say, second.