Read How the ‘System of Beauty’ Hurts Female Politicians in The Atlantic.
Talking about their looks makes women running for office seem less competent, less effective, and less qualified — even when it’s just praise and compliments.
“A study released Monday sheds new light on last week’s foofaraw over President Obama’s comment that his friend and supporter California Attorney General Kamala Harris was “the best looking” AG in the land.
Sponsored by Name It. Change It., a project of the Women’s Media Center and She Should Run, the March survey of 1,500 likely voters nationwide found that no matter what is said about a female political candidate’s appearance, it has a negative impact on what potential voters think of her.”
Emphasis mine. Now go read the rest of it here.