By Jill Filipovic • March 06, 2007•Women and Law in the Media
Was this a glimpse of Loretta Sanchez, siren, a politician known for her strenuous workout regimen and fondness for come-hither heels? Or was this Loretta Sanchez, harried congresswoman, too wrapped up in important national issues to take a break in the name of modesty? Few members of Congress, if any, are such a walking Rorschach test. In the decade that Sanchez has represented central Orange County, the Democrat has been viewed alternately as a masterful fundraiser, legislative lightweight, political mentor, headstrong politician, leading Latina voice and one of Congress' "babes." Her latest headline-maker, quitting the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, mixes two familiar elements in Sanchez's career: politics and the risque.Compared to, say, Hillary Clinton, who is a ball-busting lesbian because she isn't feminine or sexy enough. Which is the only way that she's taken seriously. The whole thing is exhausting. Cross-posted at Feministe.