I somehow missed out on the latest blog brouhaha until now, so you have probably already heard about it. Ann Althouse castigated Jessica Valenti of Feministing for her appearance in this photograph with President Clinton. Althouse characterizes it as follows:
. . . she wears a tight knit top that draws attention to her breasts and stands right in front of him and positions herself to make her breasts as obvious as possible . . .
Which is just ludicrous. I guess in Althouse's world, human beings with breasts are now obligated to stand off to the side to make sure their breasts aren't conspicuous. And I suppose when posing for a photograph, a woman with breasts has an obligation to think about whether the color of her top will contrast with the colors worn by the men standing behind her, potentially drawing attention to her breasts. In fact, maybe said be-breasted human should have thought of that before getting dressed in the morning and made sure to wear only dark, somber colors or better yet a black tent. Hmmm, a burqa perhaps.
Oddly enough, Althouse claims to be the true feminist as compared to Valenti. Yet she can't seem to cope with the fact that women have breasts and that breasts, you know, stick out.
Since I'm late to the party, I don't have much to add to what a number of other bloggers have already said. Check out Jessica's post, which contains a round up of links to posts by feminist bloggers on this. I concur wholeheartedly that Jessica did not deserve the mean-spirited attack upon her.
UPDATE: I am still reading some of the posts. I think Majikthise really nailed it with some choice quotations from the Althouse comments threads, which provide a nice up-close view of misogyny in action.