Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I know, right...

Sometimes, amid the "booty" articles, Salon gets talking about FLOTUS right:
 
Of course, this just underscores how some of the press readings of her style are hopelessly retro, if not sexist and racist, which seems to be the real problem with the incessant media coverage. It's not surprising that New York Times Op-Ed writers Maureen Dowd and David Brooks, two baby boomers caught up in rehashing some sort of eternal return of femininity that has been veering toward irrelevancy for decades, use Michelle's muscular arms to insinuate that her husband is a wimp, but it's particularly gross that they're so tone-deaf about playing into a stereotype of black women as bossy and emasculating. Same goes for the stories that paint her as uppity because of her high-fashion sensibilities or invoke the idea of black women as promiscuous when they mention a bit of bare skin. Clearly that post-feminist, post-racial utopia the pundits promised the Obamas had ushered in has not yet arrived. Read more...

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