Well, well, well. Ever since the Gleaner so adeptly pointed out the whole cleavage hob-goblin, I was wondering when a female political candidate might have the, ahem, balls to show a little neck. Or perhaps even sartorially admit to being a woman. And we didn’t have to wait long!
On Wednesday, July 18 Sen. Hillary Clinton (you know, that woman running for president?), was broadcast on CSPAN-2 while talking about higher ed on the Senate floor. And what did the New York Senator choose to don under her pastel pink suit? Why, not a turtleneck or a fancy neck scarf or some other complicated contraption seeking to hide her mammory glands like they were terrorist contraband. In fact, Ms. Clinton wore a sensible black shirt that dipped just a smidge below anything she’s been seen in public in before.
Egads! The nerve! How could such a calculating and hawkish politician decide to do such a thing as to admit she’s a woman by not feeling ashamed of her breasts? Well, for one, the summer temps might have something to do with it. Oh, and the fact that her outfit is in no way slutty, distasteful or inappropriate might be another.
So why on earth would this be deemed as news anywhere on the planet? Because Washington Post style writer Robin Givhan wrote about it on Friday. (The bastards have kept me from doing either a screen capture or “borrowing” their photo, but you can see for yourself with the Post story.) And I quote:
There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Yikes! Call the brute squad! Or how about some angry bloggers, just to get things rolling. In no time at all, NOW had fired off an angry e-mail to all of its members and posted the same on its website.
This article about the frontrunning candidate for U.S. president caused quite a stir in the NOW office this morning, eliciting reactions ranging from “You’ve got to be kidding!” to “What century is this?” The piece is definitely outrageous, but it’s also hilarious. Absurdly hilarious. And it’s an indictment of our society’s lingering archaic notions of femininity, assumptions about breasts and sexuality, and fears about powerful women.
And I think The Nation has a particularly good take on it in their opening sentence on the topic:
Of all the silly, breathless, overthinky pieces about Hillary Clinton’s appearance, I mean campaign, this labored bit of style-section psychobabble by Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan has to be the most inane.
What really gets me, aside from the excellent points already made here, is that this is actually NOT the first time Clinton has appeared in public with a slightly lower neckline. (And by lower, I mean showing a little collar bone.) In fact, you can find a lot of real photos of Clinton just by typing “Hillary Clinton” into a Google images search.
The fact is, we’re not really all that surprised that Hillary Clinton has breasts, are we? I mean, I hope that’s not the actual reason why this is news. Like someone is walking by a newstand and sees a photo of Clinton in a slightly lower-cut top and suddenly realizes that, yes, she is a woman?! Please! The issue is that we can’t stop talking about the style choices, hair choices and general “beauty” of a legitimate candidate for the President of the United States who happens to be female. People, get your heads out of your asses!
Last year I read a story about a speech casino mogul Steve Wynn gave at a local high school graduation. In it, he said, “The world is full of boxes. Nobody cares.”
And to the boobs watching this presidential race (or any political race ever!) I say: People, the world is full of breasts. Nobody cares.
18 thoughts on “Presidential cleavage? Gasp!”
and our government is chock-full-o-boobs.
Two thoughts. First: I’m sure Hillary doesn’t have the best rack in Congress, but she did move into the top 10 after Henry Hyde retired and second, Bbbbbrrrrritzzzky!
i’m not sure I understand this entirely in light of the fact that we’ve had boobs in the oval office for two centuries now
The horror. The horror. I’m all for cleavage, but some point in your life you have to realize it’s time put the ladies away.
Case in point: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=7212
What cleavage? Then she’s upset that men are not exploited? How about John Kerry’s wetsuit issue or Obama’s beachlike movie shots of From Here To Nowhere?What a joke!Everything the Clinton’s do are preplanned and efective.Unfortunately most people are to stupid to know how they’re being used.We don’t need another day with a lying, whining,and decieptful Clinton in office.
LIKE DEADBEAT BUSH HASN’T USED US. ARE YOU ABOVE THE LAW AS HE SEEMS TO BELIEVE HE IS? WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHTS NOW? I KNOW FAMILY PETS THAT WOULD REPRESENT THE PEOPLE BETTER THAN THIS IDIOT FROM TEXAS. AMERICA CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER DAY WITH A CORRUPT, LYING, WHINING, AND DECEPTIVE FOOL LIKE BUSH. AND YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO CALL OTHER PEOPLE STUPID? YOU’RE SOME PIECE OF WORK! BETTER TO SHUT UP AND LET PEOPLE THINK YOU’RE STUPID THAN OPEN YOUR MOUTH, SPEAK AND PROVE TO THEM HOW DUMB YOU REALLY ARE!!! GROW UP, DO YOU’RE RESEARCH, EDUCATE YOURSELF. THEN YOU MAY (PROBABLY NOT) HAVE A VALUABLE OPINION. IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE FACTS, SHUT THE HELL UP!!! P.S. HAVE YOU EVER VOTED YOUR OWN OPINION OR DO YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION ON WHAT SOME “AXE TO GRIND” FOOL TELLS YOU TO BELEIVE. BY THE WAY, I’M THINKING OF STARTING A NEW RELIGIOUS ORDER AND WE WILL TAKE DONATIONS. YOU’LL BE ONE OF THE FIRST I CONTACT WHEN IT’S UP AND RUNNING.
wow…i have two words for you yankee canook
Hey, yankee canook,
You sound kind of shrill, uninformed and out of control. Who does that remind me of…? Is your cleavage showing right now?
“YOU’RE STUPID….DO YOU’RE RESEARCH, EDUCATE YOURSELF”:
‘You are stupid…Do your research.’
Before we call others stupid; perhaps we should “educate ourselves”.
How come nobody ever mentions Bill (the plumber) ‘s
Wow Yankee Canuk you should be proud. I’ve been lookin high and low for those idiots still willing to swallow Bush’s Kool-Aid and you foudn a whole nest of them! Sheesh to think these ditto heads are getting all riled because Hillary has breast! These righ wing idiots never cease to amaze.
I don’t see any cleavage??? Do her teeth count as cleavage, cuz DAMN!, looks like she could chew a truck bumber in half!
Yankee and L6, learn to spell and type in a at least a 3rd grade grammatical fashion. Seems that you all are upset because Bush went to the same school you did and he’s the one that got elected President!
BOOBS DON’T BOTHER ME AT ALL. I ONLY GO IN FOR GUYS. MY NUTS ACHING FROM JACKING OFF TOO MUCH TO GAY WEBSITES. I BET BUSH HAS SOME REALLY GREAT BALLS BUT I WOULD NEVER SUCK THEM BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A STUPID MONKEY. I ONLY SUCK OFF INTELLIGENT GUYS. BY THE WAY, WHAT’S YOUR IQ?
We’ve had a world class boob as President a consummate prick for Vice president and a cast of crooks in an around the White House for the last 8 years….having Hillary in there for the next 8 years will be interesting…and fun. I think she is sexy go Hillary!
As much as I’d like to see a woman president, I don’t trust Hillary as far as I can throw her.
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