Shadowproof

Lips together, legs apart

As  Doug at Ballon Juice points out Elena Kagan doesn’t always  sit with her legs apart, but you know who did sit with his legs apart?

Hitler.

I have no problem with Givhan’s article any more than I had a problem when she wrote about Jane Roberts dressing her kids up like mannequins for a Macys window display during Easter or the time Hillary Clinton showed off a little cleavage. Givhan writes for the Fashion & Beauty subsection of the Arts and Living section and, as someone who admittedly knows more about  kick pleats than kick-starting a motorcycle, I think she is actually very good at what she does, as when she makes this point:

Is it so wrong to lean on cliches for guidance? Well, yes. And, also, no.

People make choices about their appearance for all sorts of complicated reasons. And often, they glom on to a cliche because they find it reassuring and easy. They wear the dress of a particular social tribe because they want people to make assumptions about who they are — because letting folks come to a conclusion on their own is often easier than having to explain.

If this were written by Dana Milbank for the Opinion section I think there would have been cause to complain (as there is  about most everything that Milbank writes)  but taken as a whole and considering the audience the Fashion section is supposed to serve,  Givhan’s article makes a lot of valid points.

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