Reasoned debate over policy is palatable. I just saw Condoleeza Rice on 360 with Anderson Cooper. I often disagreed with her administration’s foreign policy, but she is reasonable, and I do not always disagree with her. I respect her knowledge, intelligence and restraint. We sit on different sides of the table, but I find her admirable.
Clearly Ann Coulter does not share my willingness to view a woman “on the other side,” as it were, with any kind of objective depth of assessment at all. On the contrary. She attacks 9/11 widows like a dragon, and her latest target is our Head Homegirl, not for any particular policy position, not even for anything she has said, but for her ankles. Yes, you read that right. Her ankles! (Seen here – well, one of them, anyway – in a photo from Sunday, May 1, 2011. It was taken in the White House, presumably after Operation Neptune Spear succeeded.)
First a disclaimer, I happen to think Hillary Clinton is beautiful. Her ankles are part of her, and I think they are pretty. Remember when “Cinderella” lost her slipper on the steps of the Elysee Palace? Whatever ankle is above that foot cannot possibly be as offensive as Coulter implies. (Anyway, we were all looking at the Jimmy Choo’s or whatever they were, with severe shoe-envy).
That said, here is my beef. Sexism, like racism, is an equal opportunity offender. Some of the sexism directed at our Head Homegirl during the primaries of 2008 and even before that (Robin Givhan and her “Cleavagegate”) came from women. Men were excoriated for it, but women participated as well. In this particular case, a woman generates it which is exponentially more offensive than going along with it.
Now I could take the shallow route here as I have been known to do with Coulter. I am slender, but she looks hungry. When I was a growing pre-teen and got crabby, my mom used to tell me I was out of sorts because I was hungry (usually true). I could say that someone needs to take Coulter to Blimpie’s, and maybe she will calm down. But it is more than that.
Sexism is a virus hidden deep within our culture. Viruses are tricky creatures. They dig deep into the soil and hide for centuries. AIDS is thought to be a resurgence of something buried for many centuries and freed by deforestation. We are enculturated with the sexism virus. We gain resistance if we are raised by parents who inoculate us by their guidance. But in today’s society, we also know via research, the deleterious effects of sexism on communities. Coulter, purportedly educated, should know this.
So, Ann Coulter, you have crossed the line. If you have a problem with Hillary Clinton’s policies, by all means voice them (try to eat a sandwich before you do). But if you are going to make a remark about a body part, be warned, skeletal is not a look to be envied, either. Women have curves. Hillary does, and she is beautiful. Furthermore, I do not hear anybody making remarks about his ankles.
I would argue that they must be at least three or four times times the circumference of the ankles on our pretty Head Homegirl, and it seems that nobody cares!
Homegirls and Homeboys, the offending comment can be found here.