Butt Wait a Sec: First Lady Derrières Shouldn't Matter

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2009 5:10 PM CDT
France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waves to onlookers.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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(Newser) – European reporters celebrated the “battle of the bottoms” between Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Princess Letizia of Spain last week, a display “so bonkersly old-fashioned that I hardly know what to say,” India Knight writes in the Times of London. Beauty is worth praising, she admits, but why does the media insist that women are "so completely tragic and brain-dead that they view all other women through the prism of demented competitiveness”?

Bruni-Sarkozy "can’t win,” Knight laments. "Like all beautiful women—go on, name me four exceptions—she is a victim of her looks”—a fate that never befalls male political figures in Europe. And that’s why gorgeous women are driven to entertainment: “They know that showbiz, unlike the real world, will reward them for their looks rather than punish them.”