IF YOU’RE a serious minded female it seems you’re not supposed to enjoy fashion magazines as a staple of substance that offers coverage of our most powerful women. As if clothes are a frivolous afterthought. At the beginning of July Politico ran an absolutely ludicrous piece by Sarah Kendzior claiming that fashion magazines create “The Princess Effect” and “demean powerful women””even when they’re trying to celebrate them.” It’s the same argument that’s been around since the feminist revolution kicked off in the 1970s.
Politico was the perfect place for this nonsense. The notion that women of substance have to stay in the serious corner, because to walk over into the fashion aisle supposedly demeans us.
Unfortunately, this Politico theory is practiced every day on cable TV where every single female co-host, from MSNBC to CNN to Fox News Channel, is dressed in a costume that ignores fashion. Clothes are worn to please a certain demographic, to make the audience feel comfortable, instead of a statement of the woman wearing the fashion. It’s not how any woman chooses their wardrobe for the day, pretending that fashion is beneath being part of the conversation, not getting the same respect as sports.
The closer in Kendzior’s Politico piece offers a suggestion:
This is not to say journalists should not go after Clinton””they are not obligated to treat female politicians gently. If a woman is in a position of power, her words and actions should be critically analyzed and interrogated.
But it should be her words and actions, not her body or clothes or children. A female pol has nothing to prove but that she can do her job. Treat her like a person. Treat her like a man.
Excuse me, but could anything be more limiting for a “female pol” than to be treated “like a man”?
New York Magazine‘s “The Cut” weighed in on Monday with “Finally, Serious Women Are Standing Up for Fashion Magazines,” by Kat Stoeffel, citing Obama administration staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco who has left the White House to join Marie Claire as an assistant editor.
Mastromonaco answered Politico’s article last Friday in the Washington Post.
The reason you don”™t hear much about these pieces is because “