Just before the start of the vice presidential debate last night, I came across a tweet from actor and director Elizabeth Banks. “I hope Mike Pence smiles enough, is likable, and doesn’t comes (sic) across as angry,” she said, in the sarcastic missive that went viral. “Also, OMG, like, what’s he gonna be wearing?”
It was a searing critique of the double standards women are held to, a funny-because-uggggh-it’s-painfully-true summation. Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and the first Black and South Asian woman on a major party ticket, faces a particularly unfair and difficult tightrope in her bid to appeal to the American electorate—and that includes her choice of campaign clothing.
I hope Mike Pence smiles enough, is likable, and doesn’t comes across as angry at the #VPDebate. Also, OMG, like, what’s he gonna be wearing?