Monday, December 17, 2007

The Toll of a Campaign.


We make high demands on women. A picture like this of a male candidate would barely register. Fred Thompson always looks this bad, and people seem to think he's handsome. We need to get used to older women and get over the feeling that when women look old they are properly marginalized as "old ladies." If women are to exercise great power, they will come into that power in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. We must — if we care about the advancement of women — accommodate our vision and see a face like this as mature, experienced, serious — the way we naturally and normally see men's faces.

3 comments:

Admiral Burns said...

Didn't Margaret Thatcher look kind of like this way back in the seventies and eighties when she was elected in England? Are we really that far behind our cousins across the pond?

Mike Stajduhar said...

We shouldn't make too much out of this non-story, after all we are talking about one unflattering photograph. I'd hate to be judged on the worst of a thousand pictures taken of me. It's also worth keeping in mind that Baroness Thatcher was 54 when she became Prime Minister (49 when she became leader of the Tories). Ms. Clinton is already 60.

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