Three senators say NYT coverage of Sinema’s clothing is ‘sexist’

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The three senators pointed to four stories recently published by the Times, a style section article published last month, and three articles from a writer’s opinion section in the last three weeks, saying they “can’t imagine The Times print similar articles on the fashion choices of any of our male colleagues. ”

“Senator Sinema is a serious and hardworking member of the Senate who contributes a lot to the political deliberations before us. Her repeated focus on how she dresses, rather than what she says and does, is degrading, sexist and inappropriate,” they said the senators. wrote in a letter to the editor published on Friday.

When asked about the senators’ criticism, Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for The Times, said that “the goal of our coverage of Opinion is to invite intelligent discussion from informed people with a diversity of opinions and ideas. We believe in the open debate and always welcome reactions like senators letter to editor. “

Sinema spokesmen did not immediately respond to questions about the letter to the editor.

In a still largely buttoned chamber, Sinema’s penchant for bold patterns and colors stands out on the Senate floor. It has been the source of a constant stream of articles from various outlets, including attempts to analyze Sinema’s politics through her fashion choices.

And although he has earned his praise, has also provoked criticism, even when some progressives interpreted a photo Sinema posted of herself earlier this year with a ring that said “” Fuck off “in response to them.

Sinema’s office has a policy of not commenting on her clothing. Amid criticism earlier this year about Sinema’s vote against a $ 15 minimum wage, where he quickly received a pushback for using a notable thumbs down, too told The Huffington Post that “comments about a senator’s body language, clothing, or physical demeanor are not from a serious media outlet.”

Sinema, in arRecent interview with Politico, also called the stories about her clothing “inappropriate.”

“It is very inappropriate. I wear what I want because I like it. It’s not news and it’s nobody’s business, ”Sinema said.

Shaheen, Collins and Murkowski referenced Sinema’s comments in their letter to the editor.

“We couldn’t agree more,” they added.

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