Photos of Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke eating on the US campaign trail have highlighted the contrast between how we respond to female public figures broadcasting everyday activities—versus men doing the same things.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s former Instagram manager explained he had avoided posting images of Clinton interacting with food because “different rules for men & women running for office” would likely prompt “sexist” reactions.
Now, collective responses to Democrats’ thronging, diverse field of presidential candidates are underlining enduring double standards.
These include fixations on women’s likability, authenticity, style, poise, and “substance."
How can we move the public representation of female politicians forward?
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