O’er the weekend

Not sure if anyone caught the ridiculous Washington Post Style Section story on Hillary Clinton’s cleavage about a week ago. (Yes, they devoted an entire story to the topic). In addition to the various Wash Post and NY Times critiques of the story, yours truly published a letter to the editor in Sat’s Washington Post, as follows:

It was almost funny that The Post devoted an entire column to the subject of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s breasts — excuse me, cleavage. Robin Givhan compared seeing Clinton to “spotting Rudy Giuliani with his shirt unbuttoned just a smidge too far,” but I doubt that would spark a comparable Style article.

Most disturbing, however, was the misogynistic tone Givhan took, most notably with her comment, “No one wants to see that . . . Just look away!” It really should come as no surprise that women tend to have breasts. With breasts come cleavage. They are part of the female body, not “part of a bold, confident style package.”

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In other news, our friends at NOW have alerted us that The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 (H.R. 2831), sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), will likely come to the House floor for a vote this evening Monday evening, July 30. Why does this matter? You may recall that the conservative majority on the Supreme Court recently (and unfairly) limited the ability of anyone who has suffered pay discrimination to seek back pay and other compensation. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 will fix this constitutional misinterpretation and ensure that pay discrimination victims get their fair day in court. Tell your rep to support equal pay!

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Finally, some of the articles I’ve been linking to — in the LA Times, Wash Post and NY Times — require registration to read the articles. There’s nothing I can about that except advise you to register; it’s free!

One Comment

  1. Brycenyc
    Posted July 30, 2007 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    The fear of the female body here is out of control, as is the inflamation of what is at hand. Firstly, that “cleavage” is barely even a speck of a shadow. Secondly, why is it so terrifying for him to see Hilary Clinton’s breasts? We see breasts all the time, every day in advertising, on TV, in movies, etc. As he said himself, there was even another female politician whose breasts he saw. So why can’t he take Hillary’s? Is it because she’s powerful? Is it because she’s older? Is it because she’s not airbrushed? Probably all three.


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