There are reasons (discussed long ago in this blog) for why I have the weird blonde hair picture as part of my profile. The issue of women being defined by their hair color is of course not confined to academia. Those following the US political news of recent events in Washington DC will perhaps have noted that reports of testimony by a former Justice Department aide, Monica Goodling, seem unable to write about her testimony without reference to her hair:
Examples culled with very little effort from the news reports:
"Monica Goodling doesn’t have to worry her pretty li’l blonde head .." (intellectualize.com)
"Justice Is Blonde" (slate.com)
"Monica Goodling, the blonde-ling underling to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.." (opednews.com)
".. when Goodling--looking demure in fresh blonde highlights.." (tnr.com)
" Dumb blonde: It's a terrible stereotype, but Monica Goodling really didn't do so well by the blonde and high voiced yesterday." (reidreport.com)
".. Goodling's got long blonde locks, that were brushed straight and then curling upwards.."
And then there are the inevitable references to the movie "Legally Blonde".
I also learned, again without much effort, that her actual hair color is 'dishwater blonde'. I think that is a *nice* way of saying 'dirty blonde', but using the description 'dirty blonde' would of course be unprofessional.
The most bizarre comments state or imply that she somehow represented blonde women of the world. I am pretty sure that the last time we blonde women had our secret convention and elected representatives, she was not one of them.
There is much to criticize about this woman and her actions in her former job, but her hair color really isn't one of them.
8 months ago