While I was babysitting earlier this week, I decided to take advantage of having satellite TV and watch some CNN. They were covering the new, “softer” image that Michelle Obama has started to portray. Some of the underlying assumptions with her change in image from a strong career woman to a “more relatable” wife and mother are disturbing to me as a woman…
CNN showed snippets of her recent appearance on The View, where the women discussed whether Barack takes out the trash. The CNN panelists agreed that Michelle’s projecting a wifely, maternal image will be more appealing to voters, since it’s not as intimidating. They thought it best that she play down her own views and successes during the campaign.
It’s saddening when someone with degrees from Princeton and Harvard has to play down who she is in
order to gain favor with Americans. (Also, straight out of law school, Michelle
landed a job as an attorney for a prestigious Chicago
I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a discussion about taking out the trash, but the fact that analysts and strategists recommend that Michelle downplay her intelligence, her own opinions, and her career is crazy. I believe it sends the wrong message to women. Granted, we did just witness Hillary Clinton make a run for the candidacy, so we’re making progress, right?!