25 february 2005

what he said

Manolo shouts, work it, sister!

Like many InstaPundit readers yesterday, I followed the link to Dr. Rice Enters the Matrix. But then I searched newsites looking for images that weren't scanned from the print edition of the WaPo. With mixed success: the best I was able to find was this one from the AP.


Blaster's is still better. Even so—Damn. The next four years are going to be the most diplomatically successful in the history of the Republic.

Robin Givhan—fashion writer at the WaPo, last seen castigating heart patient Dick Cheney's cold-weather gear at the Auschwitz memorial—noticed the Secretary's fetching outfit as well.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Wednesday dressed all in black. She was wearing a black skirt that hit just above the knee, and it was topped with a black coat that fell to mid-calf. The coat, with its seven gold buttons running down the front and its band collar, called to mind a Marine's dress uniform or the “save humanity” ensemble worn by Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix.”

As Rice walked out to greet the troops, the coat blew open in a rather swashbuckling way to reveal the top of a pair of knee-high boots. The boots had a high, slender heel that is not particularly practical. But it is a popular silhouette because it tends to elongate and flatter the leg. In short, the boots are sexy.

Well, duh. But not content with stating the bleedin' obvious—or perhaps because she just needed to fill column space—Givhan just couldn't stop.

Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power — such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking: Dominatrix! Silly, silly woman.

Or as Ed Driscoll nicely sums it: Sometimes a Pair of Really Bitchin' Boots is Merely Just a Pair of Really Bitchin' Boots.


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