Brute Reason

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The insistence on focusing on clothing above all else is yet another reminder that women in politics are suspect, to be viewed dubiously, not completely on the level. We very rarely hear reports on what men are wearing and when we do it’s because it’s outlandish, unusual, or outstandingly worth commentary; thus, a politician who suits up in overalls to inspect a factory gets some press for dressing down, just as his compatriot gets the third degree for forgetting to put his US flag pin on before attending an event. (Seriously, do politicians have reminders in their phones or something to make sure they don’t take a step without those things?)

It reduces women to lesser, unimportant beings in the world of politics. ‘Sure,’ such reports imply about their subjects. ‘It’s cute and all that you want to play politics, but you need to be reminded that you should be in the sandbox with your dollies.’

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