Women outraged at Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan's article on Hillary Clinton's cleavage on C-SPAN2 are writing angry letters and making angry phone calls to the Post. Several want this kind of private-parts coverage extended to male crotches. In Saturday's Post, the paper printed a pile of outraged letters, including this from Dolores B. Ruth of Annapolis:
I am not a fan of Hillary Rodham Clinton, but I was appalled at the article on her "cleavage." What's next? An article on viewing men's crotches generally or seeing a difference when they are watching her speak?
It's kind of funny to think of the Post setting up pollster Frank Luntz with a focus group and crotch-meters, but it might be a pretty boring event. In her Sunday Ombudsman column today, Deborah Howell explored the controversy at length, but concluded by recounting a phone call:
One last thought: An angry female reader left a shouting voice-mail message, demanding that Givhan do stories on the more private parts of male candidates. Yikes!
Hillary's fans -- even the ones who claim they're not -- do have an amazing defensiveness and are incredibly quick, just as Hillary is, to drag out the Poor Victimized Pioneer routine. I would never have dreamed of writing an article like Givhan's. It was surely a trifle. But these people's faces should illustrate the dictionary entry for "hypersensitive."