Much gnashing of feminist teeth in the US of A over media coverage of Hillary Clinton.
Seems some people believe that it's only women in politics who are judged by harsh or superficial standards.
Maybe they should have a chat to John Howard, and see if they can wring a tear out of his eyes over the unrelenting chorus of general denigration and direct questioning about his age, his staleness, his unappealing image, his lack of likability, and so on, during last year's election campaign. Of course, they could also ask Peter Costello about his image and his smirk (just for something completely different.)
Or maybe they could examine a few pictures of the Republican candidate Fred Thompson, who, upon even the most superficial of glances, is so undeniably old and crinkly that a vet is standing by to carry out urgent euthanasia as soon as the signal is given. Does anyone even pretend that Thompson is anything other than floppy, crinkled and entropically challenged? Sure, he hasn't cried yet, but that doesn't serve to make him any more aesthetically appealing or crowd-pleasingly invigorating.
Seriously ladies, trust me when I tell you that we deeply superficial people cast aspersions on men and women equally. And please, never ever think you can over-estimate the depth of my superficiality.