Foreign Policy Experience is a Girl’s Best Friend

Does anyone know of a good magazine that assesses John Boehner’s most recent hair cut? Or Mitt Romney’s new tie? Or if the color of Joe Biden’s suit properly highlights his eyes?

No. How could the media possibly have time to discuss these men’s appearances when they are so devoted to vainly evaluating every woman in the public arena?

Granted, plenty of women intentionally put themselves in the spotlight for this very purpose—setting trends and selling brands that allow them to remain household names. For instance, Kim Kardashian owns her own perfume, makeup, and clothing lines, and is the star of multiple reality television shows. She is a self-proclaimed fashion icon, and she is judged as such.

However, women who do not aspire to this type of publicity should not be subjected to it. Specifically, women who aspire to better the world around them by actively pursuing solutions to global problems should not have to wonder if their eye shadow will be scrutinized by a national news organization. Clearly, Huffington Post needs to be reminded of this.

On Tuesday, Huffington Post decided to boldly address the controversy of Hillary Clinton’s “bouncy, high volume look” and her “more relaxed ‘do.” I guarantee that you can scour the internet for hours and will be unsuccessful in finding a single piece of media devoted to the volume of Rick Santorum’s hair; it is the unfair reality of overt gender disparity in the media. The sexualization of women by even the most distinguished news organizations is an issue all on its own, but sexualizing the Secretary of State and juxtaposing her with Kim Kardashian is taking it to an absolutely ridiculous extent.

Not to be outdone, Fox News Radio decided it was their turn to scrutinize Clinton’s appearance by commenting on her weight on Tuesday. A guest on the show complains that Clinton is looking “overweight” and “very tired,” and instead of acting like a professional host by challenging the blatant sexism, Brian Kilmeade responds, “It looks like she’s not trying, to be honest.”

Not trying? Is traveling to Azerbaijan to implore their government to start respecting their citizens’ rights considered “not trying?” Is working with Russia to transfer power from the Syrian regime in response to the country’s recent massacre “not trying?” And to bring this outrageous sexism full circle: Why are there more stories about Hillary Clinton’s hair than her international pursuit of human rights?

Note to all news establishments: Hillary Clinton is the United States secretary of state; she deserves to be judged on her 30 year political career, not the hair products she uses.

 

Published by Kate McCarthy on 06/07/2012

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