Grow Up, Glenn Beck

What Women Really Think
May 26 2010 4:02 PM

Grow Up, Glenn Beck

Amanda , I am about to swear off writing or thinking about the first breasts for all time, feeling dirty for having been led into yet another conversation about powerful women and fashion cops this week. But before I go dark on the subject of the cleavage of the rich and famous, I wanted to offer a thought on what you were saying about Glenn Beck’s weird rant about Michelle Obama’s dress. (A dress, by the way, that strikes me as not that much more scandalous than, say Nancy Reagan’s off-the-shoulder.) What Beck betrays, with his middle-school hyperventilation about seeing Michelle’s "breasts all smushed-up" and the repeated references to how she looked like "a Greek statute," is just that he's a classic bully. Has Beck never seen an evening gown before? Doubtful. Or has he never seen a first lady in an evening gown before? Also doubtful. Or has he just never seen this first lady in an evening gown, so he opted to make her sound trashy and small just because she’s a woman? As Amanda reminds us, if that's your objective, it doesn't matter what she wore or who was wearing it. You can just imagine Glenn Beck’s slavering encounter with first lady Dolley Madison (with thanks to reader Michelle Pryor). "Oh, Dolley, Dolley, you look like a (*wheeze*) (*gasp*) Greek statue! I’ve never seen anything like this before !"

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate. Follow her on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

You Might Not Be Crazy if You Think You Can Hear the Earth Humming

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Activists Are Trying to Save an Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?