Ann Coulter March 6, 2007Posted by Melissa in female politicos.
I am sure, given the recent backlash, that many have heard of the comments recently made by Ann Coulter regarding presidential candidate John Edwards (I’ve posted the video). I thought it was interesting that she would refer to Edwards as being gay, when her voice and her own actions as an outspoken commentator would not immediately qualify her for Miss America.
I am completely blown away with what this woman has been able to get away with over the past few years, even her stint on our campus. I would consider Coulter to be an incredibly abrasive, offensive, outspoken member of the extreme right, yet when I see photos of her, I am a bit confused. She always manages to present herself in the most feminine form; the image I see does not match the person I would have imagined. It is almost shameful to say this, but I would have pictured someone more like Hilary Clinton spewing the words Coulter is famous for. I have the idea that the more controversial figures in politics, or those who are known to be more outspoken, are usually men. In looking at photos of both Clinton and Coulter, I am not surprised to see that the former usually looks more masculine. Perhaps it is her figure or the clothes she wears, but when looking at Clinton I have no inclination to empathize with her. Both Coulter and Clinton are considered to be “bitches” by many people, yet when I simply look at their images I see Coulter as the “good one.”
I know Coulter’s image is one she has carefully constructed to appeal to her audience-men love to see a pretty little lady, the female-right/left like to see a woman (looking like a woman) in the spot light- but I can’t help that I initially fell for the act. I wonder what people would think of Clinton were she to drop a few pounds, grow out her hair, and maybe have a little “work” done? Does a woman need to “look” like a woman to be seen and not immediately cast off? Do the right really respect Coulter, or is she just a harmless woman riding on the coat tails of her own appearance? I cannot imagine what the life of a female politician/public persona would be like, but I do shamefully admit that Coulter makes it look easy…I only wish the same could be said for Clinton.
The images I’ve posted below are representative of the more common perceptions of both women (there were more/less attractive photos of both).