Hey ladies, you should run for office!
Oh, wait, are you very good looking? No? Well, never mind. You might “repel” voters.
So claims the ex-Prime Minister of Poland, Leszek Miller, who had always been considered a member of the progressive, pro-women wing of Polish politics. And according to Miller, he didn’t mean to be sexist or insensitive when saying female candidates need to be held to a beauty standard that doesn’t exist for male candidates. No, he just meant that pretty women look better on posters and at press conferences.
Obviously, although no one has come out and said it as blatantly as Miller, the same rule is often in place in American politics, too. After all, women candidates are getting endorsements for their “tight butts,” are polled on whether they should be in the White House or the Playboy mansion or who has better hair. And then there are the “women of politics” calendars, to make sure every leader, activist and pundit is the perfect pin-up.
Miller said it out loud, but it seems that the political system still mostly accepts his declaration with little dissent, at least subconsciously.
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