>> Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Kate Middleton...err..Catherine Cambridge cannot put a foot wrong...
She is beautiful, everything a princess is supposed to be...
She is a style icon in the making and every woman wants to be her...
Even her natural fear of childbirth is to be noted, evidence of her humanity.
But woe betide anyone who dares to state differently. Or in this case, points it out the obvious without sugar coating it.
Leave that to the people who adore her. They know best and can say it better. Discuss, in serious tones, that she is primarily known for her appearance and
requirement ability to breed and you are blasted because you are so jealous you can't think straight. *Gasp!* Criticism? (However valid it might be?) That's irrational. After all, you don't know her now do you?
Neither do the people who praise her. Those referred to as 'sycophants'. Praising for no other reason that she is has married into the royal family, she is pretty and now she is fertile. She sells clothes. What she does is not nearly as important as how she looks. Until Kate lets her work speak for her, what else is there to say?
True, there is vicious criticism of her online. Just as there is cavity inducing praise. A well thought out critical argument is now a 'venemous attack'. It goes against the script, the fairy tale. Anything critical can be spun. An ill-timed, expensive vacation becomes a well deserved 'baby moon'. Spending too much on clothes? Part of the job. And the ultimate criticism. Her work ethic. Suddenly akin to a four letter word. How dare she be asked to become a working royal? Let's make it more palatable by calling it 'supporting her charities' instead. Try this:
Catherine needs to work more vs. Catherine needs to 'support her charities more frequently'.
Go ahead, explain the reasons she doesn't 'support her charities more'.
There is no denying that she looks nice and wears clothes well. Was she chosen for her appearance? Because she carries herself well? Doesn't hurt. Had she weighed 160 pounds I highly doubt people would ignore it. Then it would become 'why would William choose someone who looks like that'? Kate is praised for being 'just like us', accessible, every woman. But now every woman doesn't have a muffin top, do they?
Much like Sarah Ferguson and Diana, Catherine is the sacred cow of the moment. Someone who can do no wrong.
© Marilyn Braun 2013
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