Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Women in Straitjackets
In an article in today's New York Times, I was struck by the following:
"The comedian Bill Maher recently noted that while other countries elect a wide array of female leaders, our women politicians are still expected to wedge themselves into a 'straitjacket' and act like men."
Agreed. And it's true throughout Washington DC, not just in the case of politicians. But the straitjacket comes from Brooks Brothers, so it's got to be a good thing, right? On the other hand, one would think by now, with all of our talk of egalitarianism and inclusion, we would have moved beyond such shallow and dare I say unreasonable judgements.
As it is, Bill Maher seems to have hit the nail on the head. Why else would it have been such a huge and sensational event when Condi wore a pair of knee-high boots to work?