Sarah, Plain and Tall
Seriously, Sarah? I am more irritated with you now than I was when you called Katie Couric perky on Oprah this week (and wasn't that the annoying pot calling the whistling kettle black?) and more irritated than I was when the interview with Katie Couric aired and you couldn't think of one book or magazine that you read on the regular. (Oh, I'm sorry - you chose not to disclose the titles of books and magazines and newspaper you devour, because Katie Couric was annoying you and treating you like an uneducated inuit.)
Maybe you should have just swallowed your ego and mentioned Newsweek. I mean, I'm not suggesting that the cover page would look different if you had, but could you try any harder to alienate the media? I know, I know, they are all evil, with their leftist agendas and loose morals. I understand. It's so difficult when the world won't give a feminist maverick a fighting chance, and harder still when that maverick has been ordered to stay on script.
However, calling this cover sexist is just absolutely ludacris. The majority of the visual aids which aired during the Oprah interview showed you sweating your buns off on an ellipitical. You've obviously worked hard to stay in shape, and it shows. You might have reason to really tackle an issue if the photo was heavily retouched or airbrushed, which (I'll be honest) I am assuming it was. But, I would also assume that the responsibility for that lies with the original publication, Runner's World. We can't have young woman thinking that toned thighs and an itty bitty waist are the only way to the top, now can we?
Oh, Sarah. What are we going to do with you? This cover is perfect, for you have become a part of pop culture, not a fighter for any serious political reform.
I remember sititng in in an uppity coffee shop soon after your veep nomination was announced, and smiling at all the Sarah button-wearers (upper-middle class, conservative housewives) in the middle of a conservation about what this meant for women. I had to ask them, I couldn't resisit, "Would you still wear the button if it is said Hillary?" (They told me they would not have worn the button if it said Hillary.) They were merely pro-lifers on baby highs. You won over the suburbs this way Sarah. It wasn't because of t & a, and certainly wasn't a result of q & a.
Yes, I am jealous that your book became a bestseller before it even hit the stands, but ultimately, I am just over your excuses for the way you are perceived, your accent, and your solid colored wardrobe.