Sexist “We Only Describe What Female Politicians Are Wearing” Media Moment of the Day

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Anyone who reads newspapers with any frequency recognizes the trend: reporters love to talk about what powerful women are wearing. You’ll never hear about the cut of Robert Byrd’s suit or where Harry Reid got his shoes, but, boy, does Nancy Pelosi look good in that Armani suit. And that Condi Rice has been looking fine, too — especially in boots. Smart people know that talking about Hillary Clinton’s cleavage is a meaningless (not to mention sexist) distraction from the issues, so we’ll take care to try to point out some of the more egregious examples we come across.

From today’s Washington Post:

[California Rep. Loretta] Sanchez, … resplendent in a black outfit with silver sparkles.

“Resplendent”? Really? Tongue-in-cheek or not: give me a break.

— Nick Baumann

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