Vanity, thy name is Woman – or, Put On A Happy Face

If you haven’t seen the latest photo of Hillary Clinton on Drudge [View image], just put down the mouse, step away from the computer, and no one will get hurt.

If you’ve already seen it, you’re ready for the inevitable complaints. Ann Althouse writes:

My first reaction to that picture is simple disbelief. How can she suddenly look that much older? I know Presidents age horribly in their few years in office, but she’s not President yet, and this seems to have happened overnight. Did some treatment wear off?

But here’s my second reaction, on reflection: We make high demands on women. A picture like this of a male candidate would barely register. Fred Thompson always looks this bad, and people seem to think he’s handsome. We need to get used to older women and get over the feeling that when women look old they are properly marginalized as “old ladies.”

Read the rest at the link above. Who “marginalized” Hillary, or called her an “old lady” here?

Not Drudge, who labeled the photo, “The Toll of the Campaign.” Not Immodest Proposal, who Althouse quotes; he said, “You don’t have to be wrinkle free to be president, but you can’t look haggard and bedraggled, either.”

Perhaps there is no real need to protest. Hillary, at least, hasn’t gone the route of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and had multiple plastic surgeries (resulting in that disturbing smile, reminiscent of the Batman’s old foe, The Joker). She’s had some tough times on the trail lately, and just finished door-to-door campaigning in sub-freezing New Hampshire.

With all the reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton, “wrinkles” don’t make it into the Top 100.

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