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New Rule: Discussions of Female Politicians’ Looks Are Off the Table . . . Of Course, Every Rule Has Exceptions | June 13, 2010


I wish Sarah Palin hadn’t dignified the breast implant rumor by responding to it. It would have stayed a rumor and she would have maintained a little dignity. Plus, a lot of bloggers (okay, myself included) wouldn’t have been absolutely forced to write about it. (Gather and I seem to concur, though, that she wouldn’t have had the time to recuperate from breast implant surgery.) Frankly, I’m more concerned about the fact that it looks like she’s wearing a black bra under a white shirt. But that’s just me.

But here’s the thing: Conversations about the breasts of female politicians — or any other body parts (and hair) for that matter — should really be off the table. The fact that Palin can’t rest until each and every comment made about her in the blogosphere is addressed sort of keeps the rumor mill running in her case. In general, though, criticism or commentary about a female politician’s looks is just not something we should talk about.

Let’s start with the most recent “meow” from right-winger Carly Fiorina, who was caught on an open mic calling Democrat Barbara Boxer’s hair “so yesterday.”

Going back to 2008, Ann Coulter talked about Hillary Clinton’s “chubby legs.” Larry King brought “image consultants and fashion reporters” on his show to discuss Hillary Clinton’s appearance, with comments like, “. . . her legs are too short, her arms are too long.” Writer Tina Brown actually attributed Clinton losing her cool in a professional setting to her having a bad hair day. Sheesh.

Moving forward a bit . . . right-wing radio host Neal Boortz compared Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to Shrek. I don’t think it was meant as a compliment. Radio talk show host Michael Savage said that Kagan’s appearance is “personally grotesque” and she “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.”

Half of the blogs you read about First Lady Michelle Obama center around what she wears, beginning with the dress she wore in Chicago the night her husband was elected President.

And there’s not enough room in the blogosphere for the myriad smears of Nancy Pelosi’s appearance, from has-been comedian Dennis Miller likening her face to a “lizard laying on a hot rock” to speculation about Pelosi having had implants, or, “Since when has she had such GINORMOUS hooters?” Charming. (It bears noting that I didn’t hear Pelosi, unlike Palin, going on any talk shows to refute this speculation.)

Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was mocked mercilessly for her truckloads of makeup. Harris jokes abounded.

So okay — I’m making up my rules as I go along, and here’s my new one: Criticizing the physical appearance of female politicians or public political figures (and that includes clothes, hair, body, face, makeup and nail polish color) is off the table (unless the politician in question brings it back to the table by talking incessantly about it, particularly if she talks about it on Facebook or Twitter — then it’s fair game for discussion). This, by the way, goes for political figures on the right and the left.

And you have my word — this is the last time I will ever mention Sarah Palin’s implants.

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6 Comments »

  1. I would like to see Boxer and Fiorina in WWF wrestling death match:)

    Comment by Blackflon — June 14, 2010 @ 6:44 PM

    • Blackflon: Lol . . . all I have to say is that Fiorina has a lot of nerve criticizing someone ELSE’s hairstyle!

      Comment by Liberal TKO — June 15, 2010 @ 12:28 AM

      • I believe Fiorina’s hair style is a result of cancer treatment.

        Comment by Blackflon — June 15, 2010 @ 4:55 AM

      • Yikes, sorry — wasn’t aware of that. Still . . . even more reason, in my view, to not criticize her opponent’s appearance.

        Comment by Liberal TKO — June 15, 2010 @ 5:21 AM

  2. It did occur to me to wonder if Palin might be possibly be pregnant again. I’ve had 3 kids and one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms was an increase in breast size.

    If she is preggers, though, she’ll probably keep quiet about it for quite a while given her age & the risk of a miscarriage.

    Comment by Crimson Wife — June 16, 2010 @ 4:01 AM

    • Interesting, the pregnancy thought — I thought it was possible that she just gained some weight (although she really doesn’t look like she did). She could be pregnant; guess time will tell!

      Comment by Liberal TKO — June 16, 2010 @ 10:16 AM


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