The Spanish ministry has suddenly shot to gender equality, and you know what that means, don’t you, Hoydenizens? It’s fashion week at the Telegraph!
The female Spanish and French ministers, individuality-free and named as appendages of the men in charge – the Zapettes and the Sarkozettes – are being held up as paragons of femme-drag virtue compared to Britain’s inadequately-sexy parliamentarians. The new ministry, apparently bereft of intellect, achievements, or personal histories, are lauded purely for being “glamorous”, “chic”, and “elegant”, in contrast to their UK equivalents, who are “frumpy”, “dowdy”, “overweight”, and not paying enough attention to their highlights and eyebrows.
The Telegraph’s Celia Walden flails inanely for a point, eventually settling on this inept fragment of style psychology:
There is, you see, something lacking in a professional woman who can’t or won’t dress well: it’s not just about aesthetics, it’s about discipline, self-respect, confidence and, ultimately, a capacity for enjoyment.
I look forward to next week’s article dissecting male politicians’ shoulderpads and moisturiser choices, and a detailed photo-essay showing us who dresses to the left and who to the right.
Italy’s PM got in on the action with his concerns about the pickle Zapatero has got himself into, appointing ovary-enhanced underlings who would obviously be uppity, fussy, and recalcitrant:
Spain and Italy were embroiled in a war of words on Wednesday after Silvio Berlusconi criticised his Spanish counterpart for appointing so many women to his cabinet.
In one of the first interviews after being elected Italy’s prime minister for the third time, Mr Berlusconi attacked Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government, describing it as “too pink”.
Speaking about Mr Zapatero’s decision to give nine out of 17 cabinet positions to women, he said: “Now he’s asked for it. He’ll have problems leading them.”
I’ll leave you with a shot of the new Spanish defense minister, Charme Chacon:
“Here’s an image Spaniards will not soon forget: their new defense minister, reviewing trim, crisply uniformed soldiers, with her baby bump on display.” [source]
[hat tip to whooz_queen]