I’ve clearly got my dissatisfied-Herald-reader pants on today, because look what they’ve done with this great piece by Grace Dent on how Forbes’ list of 100 powerful women seems to confuse marriage with achievement:
The caption says: Opinion: Being on the arm of a powerful man raises a woman’s stock more than her own personal achievement.
Yet Dent writes:
But Michelle Obama as number one – sorry? Apparently, she beats every chairwoman of the board, political leader and high-rolling one-woman entertainment conglomerate on the planet for her role of being “within pillow-talk range of her husband the president”.
I do, however, think there’s a sneakier, misogynistic message at play by Forbes when it places Michelle Obama above Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the US House of Representatives (making her, when elected in 2007, the highest-ranking woman in US political history). They’re clearly implying that women with whom men are smitten can have a skulduggerous and manipulative influence.
I tend to think there’s a sneakier, misogynistic message at play when the SMH online misrepresents Dent’s opinion piece, because if you don’t click on it, the message you get is: Being on the arm of a powerful man raises a woman’s stock more than her own personal achievement.