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I have to chime in (briefly) to the conversation about the media’s coverage of Bachmann’s style during her presidential announcement yesterday. I have to agree with Charlotte that I’m also not that offended by the reporting as Karin.

Sure women are scrutinized more than men – just ask Sarah Palin. And sometimes it’s annoying and mildly offensive – again, just ask Palin. (Although, let’s not forget the (in)famous 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debate. Style – and sweat – certainly played a leading role.)

But more to the point, one of the reasons Bachmann is attractive as a candidate is that while her gender doesn’t define her, she doesn’t shy away from her femininity, her role as mother or as wife. Certainly the media are going to have a field day with an attractive conservative candidate; but responding to it just makes it more of an issue.