Sorry, Melania Trumps Pussy-Bow Blouse Doesnt Mean Anything

Sorry, Melania Trumps Pussy-Bow Blouse Doesnt Mean Anything  Critics are analyzing the pussy-bow blouse Melania Trump wore to Sundays debate. Was it a symbol of tacit support or condemnation of her husband? Answer: neither.”>

Melania Trump has been so consistently silent throughout her husbands presidential campaign that pundits are quite literally looking for meaning in her clothes.

When the wife of Donald Trump attended last nights presidential debate wearing a fuchsia, Gucci pussy-bow blouse (price: $1,100), the Internet went wild with conspiracy theories.

Just days after the incident now unfortunately known as Pussygateafter a video surfaced of Trump boasting about how he goes up to beautiful women and grab[s] them by the pussyMelania, whether she meant to or not, showed up to the debate in a statement-making blouse.

Internet denizens and political pundits concluded that Melanias pussy-bow blouse could only be one of two things: expert trolling or sad irony.

Was it an overt wink at the media over her husbands comments abouthow easyit is to grab non-consenting womens pussies when youre famousa silent rebellion and bright-pink fuck you in solidarity with other women? Or was it an unhappy coincidence that made her seem ever more the trophy wife of a misogynist reality TV star turned misogynist presidential nominee?

The speculation reached an absurd fever pitch when, having reached out to Trumps camp for comment about Melanias blouse, CBS News Sopan Deb tweeted, Campaign spokeswoman says this was not intentional.

Of course it wasnt intentional: the fact that Melanias topmade news because the style is named after bows frequently tied around cats necks is objectively ridiculous.

Apparently Americans are so thrilled to have license to say pussy that theyll take any opportunity they can get.

Designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent popularized the pussy-bow blouse in the 60s (YSL incorporated it into his Le Smoking tuxedo, a subversive take on menswear that liberated women from constraints of traditionalfeminine dressing).

The blouses feminist history was even more firmly established in the 80s, when female executives worethe blouse as asubtle feminine touch totheir boardroom power-suits (it was also a signatureof Margaret Thatchers wardrobe).

While Pussygate has ignited a larger debate about rape culture, the p-word has become a linguistic lightning rod shared between feminists and man-children like Trump.

But dragging Melanias blouse into the conversation feels like a juvenile attempt by all of us to perpetuate the drama and conflict of Trumps recorded remarks.

Its not new for women in public life to have their wardrobes relentlessly scrutinized: Hillary Clinton herself has made a self-aware joke of it, describing herself in her Twitter profile as pantsuit aficionado.

The focus is especially acute for Melania, because she is both a former model and has been mostly mute throughout Trumps campaign.

From her bungled RNC speech, part of which was plagiarized from a 2008 speech by Michele Obama, to the nude photos published by the New York Post and, now, the revelation that she was pregnant with Barron Trump when her real estate mogul husband was bragging about groping women without their consent (When youre a star, they let you do it), shes proven again and again to be either a scapegoat or a distraction from her husbands reckless presidential campaign.

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In a statement responding to Trumps lewd remarks last week, Melania said they were unacceptable and offensive to me. Ultimately, though, she stood by her man, asking that America accept his apology just as she has done. This does not represent the man I know, she said. He has the heart and mind of a leader.

Thats all we got from Melania on the leaked tape: a weak defense of her husband, who has given us more than enough evidence that his misogynistic remarks are alarmingly consistent with his character.

Melania has been trotted out beside Trump as a pretty face, like one of his beauty pageant contestants, and has spoken precious few words for a woman running to be the next First Lady.

In the absence of words, weve taken to decoding her appearance instead. But when it comes to her pussy-bow blouse, we need not stoop to Trumps level.

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