Posts Tagged ‘media’
Jan 1, 2009
By emphasizing how sexy you think a politician’s boots are, you diminished Gov Palin’s professional accomplishments.
There is an incredible double-standard that you have demonstrated against Sarah Palin. Women get scrutinized based on appearance far, far more than men. There has been plenty of talk and plenty written about Sarah Palin’s jackets, her hair and her looks. Sound familiar? There was plenty of talk and plenty written about Sen. Hillary Clinton’s looks, hair and pantsuits.
Compare that with the attention given to Sen. Barack Obama’s $1,500 suits or Sen. John McCain’s $520 Ferragamo shoes. There is no comparison. When a male newscast reporter wears a not-so-great tie, how much e-mail do you think he gets from viewers?
For women, the media makes a woman’s appearance part of her job – as did you against Palin by remarking on her boots rather than on her qualifications – would you have mentioned Obama’s shoes or clothes? I didn’t think so.
Let’s keep the focus on what really matters here.
So I know it’s long past Hillary’s concession and I’ve been meaning to comment on the retrospective coverage in the media on the sexism. I have been keeping track of interesting articles to mention so I’m just going to point to a few of them here. Firstly, an article in the New York Times about the sexism in the media coverage and a really interesting response in Slate -a correspondence between one of the pundits quoted in the NYT article and his lawyer daughter who is upset that he claimed sexism was only being seen by supporters NOW because Hillary lost. Of course, Christopher Hitchens also has a piece in slate responding to claims of sexism, but that’s not surprising given he’s one of the journalists who never ceases to spew sexist commentary.
I don’t think there’s any doubt in the minds of people who followed the media coverage that sexism was obvious from day one. However –this article from new york magazine has me hoping that it might end up helping. It’s titled The Feminist Reawakening: Hillary Clinton and the fourth wave -and the point is that even if you don’t fall in with Hillary’s politics, watching the obvious sexism spewed at her has caused young women who have believed they were living in a post-feminist world to wake up and realize how pervasive and restrictive sexism still is. It’s a great article and I definitely needed to read it again after watching the video above produced by the women’s media centre.
So, who knows, there may be a lot more US politics to come up on this blog, I have high hopes for Obama but I just hope Michelle doesn’t get clobbered with the same heaps of sexism Hillary did.