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Hillary Clinton Criticized for her Natural Look

A man tends not to be criticized for lacking face paint, yet a woman should not dare enter the public spotlight without it.

On her recent travels, Hillary Clinton has been seen with no makeup, natural hair, and glasses. Of course comments have followed about her looking “tired” or “withdrawn” but she is not apologizing!

Clinton’s response on CNN was, “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I – you know, want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. And, you know, at some point, it’s just not – it’s just not something that deserves a whole lot of time and attention. If others want to worry about it, I’ll let them do the worrying for a change.”

I couldn’t agree with Hillary more. She sets an example of feminine strength, independence and self-acceptance.

Read and see more at CBS News

About Claire

I grew up in both the Netherlands and the US. When I moved to America at age 10 I was confronted with conflicting social constructs of gender and class. As a student of the social and cognitive sciences, I gained a greater understanding of how human decision-making can lead to unintended system-wide consequences in the interdependent world we live in, especially when you throw stereotyping into the mix. Having struggled as both a poor and female American citizen, I am quite aware of what it means to blame a victim for their circumstances. I feel that I have a voice, and responsibility, to stand up for those who are currently silent.

2 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Criticized for her Natural Look

  1. Is there a feminist comment anywhere in the world or its history that doesn’t begin with, “A man wouldn’t….”?

    And, as in many such instances, this initiates a comparison between apples & oranges. A man who typically wore make up for the entire time he was in the public eye then abruptly stopped most certainly would engender comment. How otherwise? Come on, now!

    Furthermore Hillary Clinton is what, in her sixties now? A change in appearance at that age can be a sign of some serious illness afoot. Would feminists feel better if no one cared enough about her to even comment?

    This article is also poorly written. In response to statements expressing concern about her well-being it suggests that she might, or others might, apologize. What for? She is, however, a public figure, an important elected official, so questions about any apparent change in her appearance that might signify health problems are non-trivial & certainly not expressions of sexism or a double-standard.

    This is same sort of thinking that rages against, say, photos of Sarah Palin in shorts & the (mostly positive) comments that engenders but completely forgets the widespread reaction to both Bill Clinton & Bob Dole after the ’92 election when one went jogging in short shorts & the other kicked back by the pool in a little bathing suit (in case you wonder why you never saw Clinton jog or Dole swim again). These physical manifestations may be irrelevant to their leadership qualities, but commenting on them is hardly sexist.

    Oh, & I think Hillary C looks good sans make-up–but then I’m a Survivor fan:-)


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