It never bothered former Mayor Gavin Newsom that his slick-back hairdo sometimes got more media attention than his policies. But Newsom, who is now lieutenant governor, says people need to tone it down when attacking a female politician's physical appearance -- even Republican ones.
In a Fox News report this week, Newsom called the media's fixation on whether Sarah Palin had breast implants "demeaning, and it would never happen to a guy."
Newsom never seemed to feel devalued by the media's fascination with his perfectly coiffed hair. ( SF Weekly even participated in the 2009 Comb Your Hair Like Gavin Newsom Day.) But Newsom says that's different -- he wouldn't stoop so low as to call out a lady for her potentially fake bosoms.
"We need a greater sensitivity to the way we portray women, particularly
in the news media. To watch the way Sarah Palin was treated -- to
discuss whether an elected official or former elected official has
breast implants -- is pretty demeaning, and it would never happen to a
guy," Newsom told Fox. "We need to disassociate ourselves from this party
ideology. It is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. This happens all
around and puts so much pressure on young girls."