I can’t say I know much about Ann Coulter. She says some things that seem to make sense to me and the way she says other things makes me almost wish I didn’t agree. But I have to ask: What is the deal with the cover of her new book? When I first saw it a few days ago I assumed that the sexy little black dress was a choice by her publishers that she didn’t particularly agree with, but then I saw her on the “Today Show” with Matt Lauer and she had on what appeared to be the same outfit. While what I love about Modestyzone is that we don’t go into the specifics of exactly what we and what others should wear (we leave that to the ladies at gofugyourself, right?) this is just downright confusing.
If I saw a woman at a cocktail party wearing that dress I don’t think I would find much fault with it. Or if I saw this same cover at Barnes and Nobles for a different book, I again wouldn’t think much of it. But a woman wearing a skimpy, mid-thigh black cocktail dress on a morning show is strange. Then add the fact that the woman in question is a conservative “pundit,” “hammer,” or whatever you want to call it, and things get downright bizarre. Shouldn’t she be railing at herself right now?
My guess is that Ann is donning less in public in order to defy the stereotypes that the broader culture has about conservatives—to wit, that conservatives are dull and stodgy. It is sad how both conservatives and liberals try to portray the other side as physically ugly. Conservatives revel in stereotypes of hairy butch female hippies and fat Ted Kennedy’s, while liberals portray conservatives as sexually uptight and prudish prunes who either wear knickers and hoop skirts or secretly wish they did.
How each side responds to this smear campaign varies, but I think Ann’s response is rather clear. That response is right to emphasize that being morally conservative does not mean that you are boring or lack any joie de vivre (indeed for many, being conservative has led to a much greater enjoyment of life). But proving the stereotype wrong by going too far in the opposite direction of the stereotype comes at a cost: in this case, Ann may be undermining the message she is ultimately trying to make.