Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Are We Really This Unevolved?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway.
The interwebs are all a-flutter today over various breaking stories: Senator Dianne Feinstein releases the transcript of the Fusion GPS testimony.Darrell Issa (and about 70,000 other Republican lawmakers) announce their retirement at the end of this term. But if I had to judge based purely on the outrage expressed on Facebook, it would be that there is a full-time makeup artist for Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Now, as much as I hate to admit it (MAINLY because I know several conservatives who will take the opportunity to gloat shamelessly) I suspect this is a nontroversy created by the left in an attempt to generate even more public vitriol against the trump disast -- I mean, administration. And if you think about it, it really is a silly thing to get all torqued up about. However, I am not going to get into whether or not a make-up artist is appropriate, or if Obama had one, or anything like that.

What I want to focus on is the level of misogyny being exhibited here, by both males and females. Surprisingly, though, most of the snark comes from women. Here's a sample:

(male) "Make can’t fix ugly and haggard faces"

(female) "Just think what the f they'd look like without the help..."
(female) "Not even a full time plastic surgeon can make the miracle 😂😂😂😂waste of taxes!"

(female) "Total waste of money,still butt ugly"

(female) "I've seen better-looking corpses. Fugly duo "

(male) "Whomever it is needs a refresher course on facial plaster."

(male)  "Not using enough bondo on that pointy ass face of kellyanne. She looks like an apple carving.

Pig snout sanders would do well to retire her face to sea world where it could only offend other manatees.

It is astonishing to me that, even after a viable Hillary Clinton candidacy, even after the #MeToo movement, we (as a culture) still judge women primarily by their looks.Now, in my opinion, neither of these women should be doing the jobs they are doing, simply by virtue of the fact that they are working for the worst person in the world. However, both of them are reasonably proficient at their jobs (even if, as in Conway's case, the job is utterly reprehensible). They should be judged on their merits (or lack thereof), not their appearance.

Let's consider Ms. Sanders for the moment. The previous press secretary, Sean Spicer, got a lot of heat from both the press and the public for being combative, uninformed, out of touch, and blindly parroting whatever bullshit trump put into his mouth. Sanders is almost identical in every measure of the actual job, but very few people mention that she apparently has no problem dispensing untruths to the media much of the time, and instead focus on how unattractive she is.

Look, I get it. Conway and Sanders aren't supermodels. Neither am I, for that matter, and neither is anyone else in politics. That being said, if they are going to be criticized for anything, let it be for how they do their jobs, not what they look like.

I gotta lie down.

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