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Friday, April 16, 2004

have you considered just stealing her boyfriend?

a funny and insightful friend of mine said the following of this the article (see below): "interesting how the author says that reno's attire suggests a refusal to be judged, and yet when it's all said and done, judging her is exactly what the author is requiring us to do."

here's my take...

Letter to the Washington Post:
Thank you so much for your illuminating column deconstructing the latest fashion choices of former Attorney General Janet Reno (Janet Reno, Plainly Suiting Her Fancy, Friday, April 16th). Normally one would imagine that achieving the highest law enforcement position in the country would make somebody immune to having their aesthetic preferences meticulously dissected by the national media. Yet even in our supposedly enlightened age it seems that even if a woman works hard and is intelligent to make remarkable gains in her chosen profession, the world will still hem and haw over details as trivial as the color of her suit and details of her lapels. Please, when was the last time a national publication dedicated the precious column space to obsessing over Donald Rumsfeld’s wardrobe? While it is true that almost all prominent figures in national politics, as well as other areas of society such as sports and entertainment, are placed under close public scrutiny, our interest in the bodies, faces, and panty hose of famous women is disturbingly obsessive.

Ruminations on the lipstick color of our nation’s most prominent women in public policy send conflicting and demoralizing messages to women of all ages, especially girls. Why encourage the women of future generations to sharpen their minds and hone their abilities to compete in what remains a very male-dominated professional arena if what they will be noticed for is their disinterest in hair styling products? One can only hope that this column was penned in jest. Otherwise, what other snarky and shallow issues does the Washington Post hope to explore in the future, meditations on the correlation between the shade of Condoleeza Rice’s body mass index and her IQ? On second thought, don’t answer that.

since as heather would say, blogs are so five minutes ago, i am finally relishing the opportunity to launch one, secure in my knowledge that i can't possibly be doing this to be hip. (speaking of hip, did anyone catch the shins on gilmore girls this week? not that we should be surprised, this is a show that cast adam brody before there ever even *was* an adam brody).

Hey Pretty is inspired by this article in the Washington Post, a shallow and catty reflection on the fashion choices of former Attorney General Janet Reno. As somebody who works in progressive politics in Washington, DC I try to limit the amount of politics that I dwell over in my personal life for fear of burnout and becoming a total bore (or boar). However, after reading this article I felt that I could not let this opportunity pass.

I have created Hey Pretty in an attempt to even out the playing field for women just a bit. Granted, feminism has brought us a long way, but columns such as Robin Givhan's clearly show that we have not come far enough. Hey Pretty will attempt to view prominent men through the same lens that our society insists on regarding women, while showing that it is possible to be funny and still be a feminist. It will also be a forum for calling out other women on socially regressive, unconstructive, and petty behavior and attiudes. Contributions and comments are welcome at any time. Thanks for stopping by. Viva Hey Pretty!