04/10/2013 11:16 am ET

Stop Overanalyzing Hillary Clinton's Hair

Last week, media commentators sparred over the acceptability of commenting on a female leader’s looks. This week, a new wrinkle in the superficiality debate: If we can’t talk about a woman’s body or her face, can we at least obsessively catalog her clothing choices and her haircuts? At the center of the discussion is Maureen Dowd’s recent column on Hillary Clinton, in which she assesses the likelihood that Clinton will run for president in 2016: “Her new haircut sends a signal of shimmering intention,” Dowd writes. “She has ditched the skinned-back bun that gave her the air of a K.G.B. villainess in a Bond movie and has a sleek new layered cut that looks modern and glamorous.”

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