Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Clinton Cleavage? Who cares?

Recently, I got an email that one of the New Moon staff had sent out and it had this article attached to it. The article (called Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory) was published in the Washington Post; a newspaper I thought was above the cutting remarks it bestowed on Clinton. At this point, it doesn't matter who the article was referring to. I'm not complaining because it's Hilary Clinton; what I am saying is that the things this journalist assumed about women are totally wrong. "Showing cleavage is a request to be engaged in a particular way. It doesn't necessarily mean that a woman is asking to be objectified, but it does suggest a certain confidence and physical ease," says Robin Givhan, author of the article. Right. Are you suggesting that all women that wear tanktops have "confidence and physical ease"? It just made me mad that this should even be worth writing; let alone published. Why are we wasting space that could be used for valuable news? "I can’t believe they’re serious about this – it almost feels like the article is a “trap” – just to register how much outrage there is out here. And there is plenty around," Paulette Warren (New Moon's Chief Marketing Officer) wrote.
Apparently, Ms. magazine is calling for action. "...it was reassuring to see how many people are scoffing at this article. Still, that doesn't stop the fact that it made it to publication and that alone means a lot of people along the line have given it tacit approval. It's pretty disgusting," writes Lacey Louwagie (New Moon's Acting Manager Editor) in response. You can take action against the article by 1) sending this email to the editor from Ms. magazine 2) (if you don't like form letters) make your own email and send it to letters@washpost.com or 3) write a letter to the editor at: Letters to the Editor The Washington Post 1150 15 St. NW Washington, DC 20071.
Okay, rant over.
Peace, friends.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing, Kelly! With the printing of this article, the Washington Post has revealed itself as a publication willing to trade journalistic integrity for quick and tactless "interest" stories. I can only hope we will soon be hearing about Mitt Romney's shocking new hairdo and Barack Obama's appallingly tight dress pants. How scandalous!

Anonymous said...

Every woman has cleavage. Why should she be ridiculed for being a woman?

Anonymous said...

I am canadian and I actually want America to have Hilary clinton as a president. She wants better health care and wants to stop the iraq war, gender has nothing to do with it, you want the best president and that's that!

Anonymous said...

The anonymous above me said that Hillary Clinton wants to stop the Iraq war. What I want to know is, why does she still wupport the war if she wants to stop it?

Nobodie said...

I love New Moon, but I really don't get why we're just supporting Hilary Clinton! She did NOT step up to the Bush Administration to stop the Iraq War, and even approved of it. I also agree with Geneva, 15, of North Brookfield, MA, about the White House Project in the issue "Through the Looking Glass". She says, "Just because someone is female doesn't mean she'll be a better president than a man." She also comments that Women and men are EQUAL, which is a basic rule here at New Moon. Barack Obama is as good as Hilary Clinton, and he is experienced. Clinton has also been a little rude at Democratic Debates, and my proud image of her is fading. Barack Obama is as good as Hilary Clinton. And he's also making a change--he might be the first African American President ever! And that means both woman and man in that race are cheering him equally. And so am I.
-Nobodie