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Time Magazine’s ‘Feminist’ Hillary Cover Is Pretty Weird

Culture

Time Magazine’s ‘Feminist’ Hillary Cover Is Pretty Weird

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Can Anyone Stop Hillary? Asks the headline of this week’s Time magazine. Not if she explodes in height by a factor of 100! Tiny men in business suits are no power for her Brobdignagian, sensible heels.

It’s a striking image, meant to connote a powerful woman, but it also happens to be a dull cliche. As one observer on Twitter points out, it’s one of a handful of stock “feminists” images on display in this New York Magazine slideshow, namely “Women’s heels conquering tiny men.”

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And, lest you’ve forgotten, she still, somehow, after all this time, has that dalliance of her pesky husband of hers to content with. Will she decide to run in 2016?

Perhaps it all comes down, in Clintonian fashion, to definitions. It depends on the meaning of the word decide. And on the meaning of the word run. In Hillary Clinton, the United States of America is now experiencing a rare, if not unprecedented, political phenomenon; she requires a new lexicon. Clinton is so globally famous, so politically wired and so primed for the presidency after two campaigns at her husband’s side and one epic race of her own that her life as a private citizen has become virtually indistinguishable from her life as a candidate.