“When Did Nail Polish Become Part of Politics?”

14 Sep

In today’s society, the fashion of female politicians is under the microscope, not their political ideals. Hillary Clinton is constantly being criticized for not wearing the right thing. Michelle Obama’s message is always overshadowed by what she wore. I was really interested in learning about he message that Mrs. Obama was trying to deliver at the DNC. However, every station I found covering her speech, focused on her outfit and how beautiful she looked. One station even spent significant time talking about how gorgeous her grey nail polish was. While she may have looked good, it’s not fair that her appearance was getting so much attention in my opinion. She had a serious message to deliver and I feel like that was being overshadowed. I feel like this is the case for most women involved in politics. I mean no one is criticizing Mitt Romney’s suit and tie combinations. It just seems like women are not being taken seriously in politics. This has historically been the case, especially in the 60’s with Jackie Kennedy. She became a fashion icon but many people didn’t know she was actually really politically invovled. What do you all think? Do you agree?




4 Responses to ““When Did Nail Polish Become Part of Politics?””

  1. runesandrhinestones September 14, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I agree with the sentiment. Women in media are so highly sexualised that quite often they aren’t taken seriously. Why does it matter what they are wearing? The worst bit about it is that they’ll get criticised either way – if they make an effort they’re deemed image conscious and frivolous, but if they’re dowdy then they just get called old fashioned. When did fashion become a major player in politics??

  2. clairekochmer September 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I completely agree it is unfair and uncalled for that professional women are first looked at for their appearance, rather than their ideas. Unfortunately, this is not just a problem in politics. I really enjoy comedy, and have noticed that no matter how funny a woman is, she will more than likely be over looked for someone who is more attractive and possibly less humorous. I think that it is a shame that there are still so many areas of society that value a woman’s appearance more than her intellect. The only way we are going to have a hand in changing any of this is through discussions like these.

  3. jennifer ludy grove September 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    I always want to scream whenever anyone mentions that Hillary Clinton looks “tired” or “exhausted.” She’s the Secretary of State in a world that is exploding. What the heck do you want her to look like? She just got home from the spa??? Excellent work Brittany!! :o)

  4. karaleesmith September 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I completely agree. What has our society come to? If the media ranted on about her nail polish rather than the topics of the powerful speech Michelle Obama gave, makes me sick. Society needs to focus on what truly matters, perhaps the content of what these female political figures are saying? I don’t think we talk about the color of Obama’s tie so why should we focus on such meaningless details.

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