Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Dear Hillary Clinton,

We love you so. No, really, we adore you and totally groove on the way you have become like the Global Queer-Affirming Good Girl. Srsly, the burly women and pretty boys of the world unite in saying that you are homolicious!

Nonetheless, with all due respect, we wish you would re-think the hair. I am sorry, Mme Secretary, but we cannot love a ponytail.

Yours sincerely,


(Photo Credit: Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press [via]. New York Times caption: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, after her speech on human rights issues at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday. [Video of the speech is here.])
It is a violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished. It is a violation of human rights when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives. And it is a violation of human rights when life-saving care is withheld from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity. -- US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, "Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day," Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 12/6/11.
You go, girl. With you till the last dog dies. Or 2016, whichever comes first.


  1. I caught that earlier today, too. Go ahead: tell me Joe Biden would have pushed for the same policy.

    U no like the pony tail? In some respects, I can understand it. She's flying all over the world and has to look reasonably presentable at all hours of the day and night, and unless she goes SHORT short (which no woman pol has done except for Carly Fiorina, and I think she grew it out before she ran last year), having enough hair to sweep back into a chignon might be the best way to go.

    (Clinton's head may be too big for her to go short-short. You have to have kind of a little peanut head to go the pixie route.)

  2. Awww. I love the ponytail. Clean and crisp, plus she's not spending too much time at the beauty salon - except for the die job. Good for her.

  3. Truth be told, we feel a little sheepish about our ponytail snark here. We aren't fond of the 'do, but we totally get the insane demands of Clinton's job and are all about practicality when it comes to hair. We also feel bad for detracting from our main message here, which is all about praising her and the administration for an incredible and forward-thinking policy shift. It was a great speech, and you're right, Historiann, Joe Biden would never have made it.

    Blame my incredibly short-haired typist for getting snarky from end-of-term fatigue.

  4. Anonymous4:03 PM EST

    With you on both counts--gay affirmation & ponytail,

  5. My first thought was "what a strong jaw" and "what a happy, triumphant look she's giving the crowd." She's doing good in the world, and she knows it. I heart Hillary, too!

  6. Anonymous5:21 PM EDT

    I hated you until just now! You let your hair down, had a beer, and cut loose! You may just be human and what this country needs after alll! ROCK ON! Girl!


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