Fashion and the Male Politician
Since many feminist commentators often note the fixation the media and popular culture has on the attire of female politicians (I plead guilty), and given the recent ad nauseam attention to Elena Kagan’s attire, physical shape, and sexuality, the Stinque Department of Lady-Bits has chosen today to focus on two male politicians and their sartorial choices. Stinque Fashionistas, join me in the critique.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin “McDreamy” Newsom, candidate for California Lieutenant Governor, biking down Market Street today in his photo op for “Bike to Work Day” here in glorious Ess Eff. (He’s the dude in blue for those of you who don’t stalk him like I do).
Your correspondent had the great honor of seeing Mayor McDreamy getting on his bike this morning as he left his house. While at time I was originally concerned with whether a helmet would muss his famed helmet hair, I failed to notice his choice of ensemble that painfully reveals that he never rides his bike to work.* He is wearing an oxford shirt underneath his blue sweatshirt, black suit pants without a clip on the left ankle to keep them from getting pulled into the gears, and white sneakers.
Gavin! Darling. Talk to me. Where to begin. You would have been better off just wearing the fucking suit head to toe with dress shoes. But if you’re going to go casual and don’t want spandex (though I wouldn’t mind seeing that), may I suggest a look more like this?
*The self-proclaimed eco-groovy green mayor’s usual ride is a black hybrid SUV. I predict said SUV will be driving him home, as I seriously doubt he will be biking home from City Hall this evening as he lives at the top of a very steep hill, with a grade that goes from about 50 feet above sea level to 550 feet above sea level in four blocks. Not to mention it looks like he’s on a three-speed one-speed.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hotoyama, similarly trying to look like he’s down with the people, at some barbecue, instead has a massive fashion fail. Even the straight male Stinquers can recognize that, I hope. There are no words, just a picture that speaks a thousand of them.
Yeah, I wonder why that dude behind you is laughing, Mr. Prime Minister.
Again, male politicians, take note. Casual is tough. Sometimes you should just stick with the suit if you don’t have a ghey on staff to help you with this shit. For reals.