After being mistaken for an intern and a spouse, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being attacked for… dressing too nicely. Apparently, nothing betrays your socialist agenda like a tailored black jacket. As Megan Garber aptly notices in this Atlantic piece,
It’s not about the clothes. It’s never, really, about the clothes. For those who seek power in places that have not previously been welcoming, the clothes can become cudgels. They can serve as an easy shorthand for who belongs, and who does not. They can be ratifications of progress and of backlash, used by people who think they know what power should be, and act like, and look like, and dress like—people attempting to enforce, on and for everyone else, the narrowness of their own perspectives.