Double Standards

If Hillary Clinton (search) and Condi Rice (search) face off in the race for the presidency, would each candidate be judged by the same standards that male candidates are judged?

Apparently not, based on a Washington Post (search) critique of what Dr. Rice was wearing in Europe. Listen to this:

"Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power — such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual."

So any political authority achieved by Secretary of State Rice is reduced to a sexual fantasy?
Just imagine the uproar from liberal feminists if the Washington Post had said the same about, oh, say, Hillary Clinton. But somehow, a sexist insult thrown at the highest-ranking black woman in public service is okay?

What's going on here? I'm just asking.

And that’s the Asman Observer.

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