What We Missed

Today is the Day of the Girl.

Gender, sensible shoes, and media coverage of MA Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Guess how many of The Huffington Post’s “ultimate political gamechangers” are women? Hint: it’s more than 1, less than 3!

France has imposed its first fines on women who violate the ban on the veil.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/juliette/ Juliette

    What is it about articles about female politicians that require them to always mention their clothing?
    I work for a campaigning organisation, and it’s come to the point where I don’t want to dress the way I like all the time (I happen to like high heel shoes), because I don’t want to be reduced to my style.
    If I ever do something important in the media and anyone mentions what shoes I was wearing that day, I will be really pissed off (unless somehow I decide to start working in the fashion industry, which is unlikely).
    Think about this: most newspaper articles have a limit on the number of words or characters used. Any words wasted on commenting on shoes are actually limiting the airtime that a female politician is getting on her actual ideas. I don’t care if Elisabeth Warren wears sensible shoes or not. That woman is a genius on economics, and has some amazing ideas to fix the economy. That is so much more newsworthy.

    Maybe next to the slutwalks, feminists should organize shoe-free days so we could talk about something else. But then, newspapers would again be talking about shoes, or lack thereof. Damn!