Robin Givhan’s ridiculous Clinton cleavage artcile has suddenly made her lamely defensive. She wasn’t talking about Clinton’s cleavage. It was all about her “neckline.” Uh-huh. Yeah, and the media wasn’t really talking about John Edwards hair either. He’s been the poster boy for How the media can run away from issues in order to cover the inane. I laid out the real objective in going after Edwards, which had nothing to do with his hair. When Fox “News” makes fun of Obama’s middle name we all know exactly what they’re doing. Talking about Clinton’s cleavage wasn’t about her breasts either, but the old stand by of objectifying women; some insinuating that we have to hide ourselves in order to be taken seriously. It’s Taliban mentality. In the 21st century, can’t women be smart, tough and wear what we want without being called out for having — gasp! — breasts?
However, after one hell of a week, camp Clinton has joined in, hitting back like Edwards does in the YouTube above. Today camp Clinton sent out an email, which is now being portrayed at CNN, well, you’ll see:
“Frankly, focusing on women’s bodies instead of their ideas is insulting,” Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Clinton, wrote in the e-mail.
“It’s insulting to every woman who has ever tried to be taken seriously in a business meeting. It’s insulting to “our daughters and our sons” who are constantly pressured by the media to grow up too fast.”
“Take a stand against this kind of coarseness and pettiness in American culture,” Lewis adds, with a link to make a contribution to the campaign.
And take a stand for Hillary, the most experienced, most qualified candidate running for president.” … ..
So it’s official. I’m now declaring today the beginning of “cleavage Fridays.” It will be spectacularly silly. I hope Avedon won’t mind. Her “bra of the week” is hotly awaited every week. My idea is quite different and was inspired by the corporate hack pack and their penchant for covering the ridiculous. But it will also be in honor of the first woman running for president who actually has a chance of winning, and the fact that the corporate hack pack is monitoring her breasts. So in honor of women, buxom to flat chested, who are smart, have figures and aren’t willing to wear bags while revealing our gender and our smarts, welcome to cleavage Friday.
We’ve come a long way baby, only to end up where we began, except for one minor detail. Clinton’s (hopefully) making money off this silliness and she’s doing it while running for president. Now that’s progress.