Good morning loves!
I wanted to share a neat picture and article with you because it's something that means a lot to us in the nail polish world. That, and I haven't had a good rant for awhile. Enjoy!
I love this picture. I don't so much love all of the analysis, however. This Forbes article discusses in detail just what everyone else thinks Justice Sotomayor's nail color choice says.
My biggest issue with the analysis is that yet again, women are judged so harshly for their looks. If you look less feminine, you are still criticized for not being feminine enough. If you like wearing nail polish, you can be criticized for not being serious enough. Especially if you choose a nail color like a red.
It is frustrating! Let's also look at the cultural angle too.
Two commenters are quoted as saying that the red polish is highly symbolic of Justice Sotomayor's Latina heritage. My problem with this is it invites the stereotype of the fiery Latina and I think it ends up being very patronizing. It says that Justice Sotomayor couldn't possibly handle the job because she's so emotional as a woman and more so as a Latina woman. Yet again, we come back to women are silly, illogical creatures who just like pretty things. Arrgh!
I look at this picture and I see a strong, authoritative woman and I get a sense of whimsy when I see her nails.
I know my nail polish color doesn't interfere with my ability to problem solve and resolve conflict at work so I really doubt that Justice Sotomayor will be hindered in her ability to interpret law and uphold the Constitution because she is wearing red polish. I'm just sayin' is all.
So, what do you think? Is the criticism sexist and racist? Regardless of your political affiliations, do you think nail polish/ cosmetics/ clothing makes any woman less capable in a leadership role in government? (Because I remember Condoleeza Rice's amazing black boots she wore when Secretary of State. I didn't approve of the job she did but I wouldn't blame it on her choice of footwear. Stunning though it was.)
Can women reclaim their traditionally "feminine" sartorial choices and empower it? (Thinking of Madeleine Albright and her pins and brooches, here.)
Thank you for indulging me. Hope you all have a lovely day!