Michelle Obama is a very acomplished, intelligent woman who, as First Lady of the United States will represent out country every single day she inhabits the White House. As such, she should be treated with respect and allowed the dignity of the office.
Explain to me, then, why Salon has published this awful article by Erin Aubrey Kaplan, First lady got back, focused on Mrs. Obama’s posterior.
It reduces Michelle Obama to a racial stereotype, which, by the way is not exclusive to black women anyway (Mediterranean and Latinas included), and which I can’t say I had paid attention to.
SylviaM at Comments From Left Field rips to shreds the Salon article. Sylvia concludes her brilliant post, which you should read in its entirety,
Ms. Kaplan moves beyond admiration of another woman’s figure to placing her body up on the block for inspection. Reducing a brilliant woman to her “unprecedented” physicality is trafficking in age-old stereotypes of a black woman’s purpose in the world. In short: she’s not a damned mule, and if she really felt perturbed about people describing Michelle Obama as a horse or a giant ape, I don’t understand her motivation to shrink Mrs. O to a rump roast and a pressed coif.
SylviaM is right, of course, but perhaps the key to Kaplan’s cluelessness resides in the subtitle for her Salon article, First lady got back,
I‘m a black woman who never thought I‘d see a powerful, beautiful female with a body like mine in the White House. Then I saw Michelle Obama — and her booty!
Three “I”s and a “mine”: It’s all about “me, me, me”, as far as Kaplan is concerned, isn’t it?