TIME magazine cover featuring a suit-clad person dangling from the heel of a pantsuit clad leg.

Why did TIME think this was a good idea?

TIME magazine cover featuring a suit-clad person dangling from the heel of a pantsuit clad leg.

Why, people? Why?

I mean, it’s not “Hey you guys have you noticed that Chris Christie is like a big fat elephant?” bad, but I’m pretty sure it marks the official starting point for the next two years of talking about Hillary in the same old bullshit, sexist tone: she’s scary, she’s pushy, she’s stepping on men – guys, she is LITERALLY STEPPING ON A MAN IN THIS PHOTO – and oh, her high heels and her pantsuits. It’s 2014, people. Sure would be nice if we could find a way to talk about women politicians without talking about their freaking shoes. I suspect Wendy Davis would appreciate our cooperation in this matter.

You want unstoppable Hillary? This is unstoppable Hillary. But this cover? This is just lazy bush league same old-same old sexism. Do better, TIME.

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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

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  • http://feministing.com/members/lkalal/ Lauren

    While I agree that ugh, I think he’s trying to cling onto her heel–not being stepped on. Like he can’t keep up and the only way to do so is by grasping the (feminized) heel of his rival.

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    • http://feministing.com/members/kylem/ Kyle Morrissey

      Agreed. Unless she is doing a super committed backwards run…. She isn’t stepping on that guy.

  • http://feministing.com/members/radicalhw/ Shannon Drury

    Perhaps we should be happy that they didn’t print a photo of the legendary Hillary nutcracker?? UGH is right. This is the same old sexism. Get over it, Time.

  • http://feministing.com/members/carcharoth/ Carcharoth

    making a mountain out of a mole hill?

    do you have an alternative cover? or are you just looking for a fight where there isnt one?

    how about a picture of hilary with a crown on, she can be sitting upon a throne made of the bodies of men

  • http://feministing.com/members/warrantbrent/ michael brent

    It looks to me like a guy trying to grab onto her to stop her, as the title of the article would indicate. And why is it that using an image that reflects how she dresses automatically becomes an sexist issue? That IS how she dresses. What else should the have used?

    • http://feministing.com/members/jazzhammer/ Jennifer Hammer

      A picture of Hillary Clinton’s face, perhaps. Presumably the story is about her, after all. I haven’t read it though. I suppose it’s possible that the story is actually about the political strategy of a giant high heeled shoe named Hillary, but I doubt it.