As Anna rightly commented over at Violet’s place, it’s a far more urgent thing we do to opine about the touch points clasped in a woman’s hand, than discussing the reaching arms of a woman who will now lead a country. How else would we stay in our proper little hole? Women still carry things. Men don’t. Ergo, women should have notes and be gracefully prepared for the unexpected, men should arrive to speak at awaiting TelePrompTers which always work. Did no one notice how oversized purses a had become again the required fashion?
The mark of the subordinate.
If we really had gotten past that trap, men would be sporting the biggest ones with the brightest logos.
Runners don’t carry purses. Women in charge don’t carry baggage. Their secretaries do.
But no, let’s discuss and apologize and defend and berate the triviality of how one woman makes a speech – something most of us can’t even do very well. Let’s not discuss the portent and meaning of the first woman elected president of Costa Rica, who also has strong views on right to life, separation of church and state and misunderstands the use of “Morning-after Pill”.