The view, the proud

Jenny Erikson wasn’t addressing me, but I feel her sting just the same:

For some strange reason, the conservative blogosphere has spent the last three days debating Tina Korbe’s hemline rather than the bottom line on Barack Obama’s budget. Because, you know, that’s what’s important.

Ohmygosh! A pretty girl wore a skirt! Hold the presses! What could she possibly mean by her wardrobe choices? Is it scandalous? Is she advertising?

In my own semifundamentalist (read: “half-assed”) way, I had thrown in some gratuitous commentary of my own, which, had I written it with any panache, might have achieved the desired effect: appearing to take a position without actually taking one. (Short version: feigned outrage — “What were they thinking?” — followed by a reminder from that still, small voice in the back of my head that says “Well, they obviously weren’t thinking of you.” There are times when I think I thrive on feminine indifference.)

It is Jenny Erikson’s point, and a fairly inarguable one, that a woman should wear what she darn well pleases, and it doesn’t matter what you (by which I mean “I”) think about it. I left by way of atonement the following comment:

My own reaction to all this is highly confused: if a woman is willing to show something, I’m certainly willing to look at it, but I’ll probably feel, deep down inside, that I don’t deserve this honor.

That’s me: all the inarticulateness of the Double Rainbow Guy, with none of the exuberance.


  1. McGehee »

    17 February 2012 · 6:56 pm

    Stacy McCain had a follow-up post titled, “Who wants to see Tina Korbe’s highs?” — to which of course a subset of Stacy’s regulars replied with something along the lines of, “I do!”

    A couple of years back Jeff Goldstein felt compelled to write a post about the culture of his regular commentariat, cautioning newcomers to acclimate themselves before reacting to posts and comments. Stacy might profit from a similar disclaimer, if the outblog reaction is any indication.

    Quite honestly, if it weren’t for voluminous blow-ups over silly stuff, the internet would be 99% quieter.

  2. Tatyana »

    17 February 2012 · 8:44 pm

    oh boy – links within the links, and all leading to a measly boring video where some chick uncomfortable in her skirt (who is she? she said, maybe 2.5 words) seats next to a familiar dude who, on the contrary, blabbers non-stop.
    I do sympathize – tight skirts that are perfectly normal length have a sneaky tendency to rise up on you when you lower yourself on too soft a lounge chair.

    and then I came to this Savonarola:
    ….I was that sickened by what I saw and I am sure that Rick Santorum just loved being next to a chick that was essentially him a peep show of her hoo haa.

    Actually, I thought it’s the Senator who is seating…how should I put it…in a chicken-splat position. I won’t speculate on the reason – his children might be reading. Tina never uncrossed her legs. Sharon she is not…

  3. Francis W. Porretto »

    18 February 2012 · 10:29 am

    I contend that the greater part of the foofaurauw over this (and related matters that were observed at CPAC) sprouted from envy.

  4. Roxeanne de Luca »

    18 February 2012 · 8:54 pm

    My biggest problem with Tina wearing that skirt is that, a mere two months ago, she wrote a New Year’s Eve post asking women to dress modestly to parties. Hon, if you’re going to do that, then don’t wear a miniskirt to a party, and especially don’t sport one when interviewing a former U.S. Senator who is one of the front-runners for the Presidential nomination.

    Tina’s hypocrisy aside, this just shows bad judgement. Feminine and flattering is one thing; sexy is another entirely. Given that people say “Tina Who?”, she’s competent but not especially talented, she’s young and not very accomplished, and she’s sporting a miniskirt, she looks either like an airhead or like someone who would sleep her way places. The impression she’s giving off is not “smart and lovely” or “beauty and brains”; it’s “blonde airhead in a mini, oh, maybe she’s not an airhead, ooooh, check out those gams!”

    If Ann Coulter wants to waltz around in a leather miniskirt, she can, and she can be taken seriously: Cornell, UMich law, Law Review, federal clerkship, DOJ, NYT-best-selling books, syndicated columnist…. Mock that woman at your peril. But for a young, unknown woman just starting out? Don’t wear a skirt that covers your bum and not much else when you’re sitting down. Save it for the nightclub, at least.

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