Let’s take a breath, okay? After four years of real madness, this incident is quite tame. And yet the hubbub is not at all surprising and, I would say, gives us the opportunity to consider a few points about our lingering (and, as always, unfair) expectations of women – and the external role of the American first lady.
On the one hand, people always have something to say about the wardrobe, and appearance in general, of any woman in the spotlight, and especially women in the spotlight, with criticism inevitably – like this. was clearly this time – filtered. partisan politics.
Right or wrong, Biden must already know that. She spent eight years as a second lady, after all, and now, in the early days of her husband’s presidency, she must know that she is going to be almost as watched as he is, and that this outfit, if not utterly inappropriate, could certainly be seen as an unconventional choice for the wife of one of the world’s most powerful rulers.
And indeed, the direction of commentary on the outfit – whether praise or criticism – has fallen along party lines.
The truth is, Biden looks good. She has great legs (we can all see it now), which is probably why a First Lady who usually dresses in classic, tailored, often colorful clothing, donned – or her stylist put it on – this short leather skirt. She also has a PhD in Education and teaches English full-time to students, where such attire might not be so out of place, all other things being equal.
Let me be clear: It’s not that Jill Biden, the woman, isn’t allowed to dress the way she wants, look sexy, or try something new. . But Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, must keep in mind that she is now a role model for all kinds of Americans. It must absolutely belong to the people – to everyone.
Of course, we could choose to be thankful that this is news at all – that President Biden is, by most accounts, doing a very good job and running a much healthier office than his predecessor, so much so that the The week’s biggest uproar has to do with his wife’s fashion choice. If that’s what passes for the worst offense for these two right now, well, bring it on.
It’s too early to say whether Jill Biden’s fashion choices will feature in the way she navigates her role as First Lady – whether she (or her stylist) thinks “a fashion icon” – and what that would mean.
They want a first lady who they can admire, relate to and admire – for who she is, with no distractions about what she’s wearing.