Here's a highlight from Sec. of State Clinton's recent "townterview" in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
Interviewer: Okay. Which designers do you prefer?
Hillary Clinton: What designers of clothes?
Hillary Clinton: Would you ever ask a man that question?
Interviewer: Probably not. Probably not.
Just a few moments before, Clinton had fielded a question on the extra challenges women face because they're judged more than men on their appearance: "Women are still sometimes judged more critically...When a man walks into a courtroom it's rare for someone to say, "Oh, look what he is wearing." (Laughter.) But if you walk into a courtroom, or any young woman walks into a courtroom, people are going to notice. And that will be an additional requirement that you have to meet."
It is news because it shows how women in politics are treated time and time again. Here's an interviewer asking Mrs. Clinton a completely irrelevant question when he should be asking about her business in the country or politics. Do male politicians get asked what designers they like? No, they get asked about their policies and things that matter. That's the same respect Hillary and others want.
Even more remarkable considering the context in which the question was asked (as a follow up to Clinton responding to a question about how women are judged differently than men). But then again, given that she was in Kyrgyzstan, was she being Borat-ed?
The irony is that if the reporter wasn't so lazy, he or she could easily determine which designers the Secretary favors by perusing the massive archive of photos showing her wearing various outfits. Thus not only is the question arguably sexist, it's unnecessary.
they ask that question of men all the time,lots of times i'll walk in on something like the view or some other trash tv,walk out of the room come back ten minutes later and lo and behold they are still on the subject(What Men are wearing),stupidity has no gender boundaries