Yeah, She's Problematic, but Let's Stop Looks-Shaming Kellyanne Conway

You can do better than that.

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At the risk of sounding like someone's mother or that goody two-shoes who raises her hand to help the teacher out when the rest of the class is clearly in on an anti-question-answering conspiracy, I would like to say stop it—lay off Kellyanne*.

*not completely, just in this specific manner I will outline below

If you've been on the internet lately, you will have seen some memes equating the female figureheads of the Trump's America to bananas (opens in new tab) in various stages of decay or miscellaneous cartoon demons. You might have seen the least offensive one (below), which refers to a comment you only make to a woman when you no longer have the will to live. Or maybe you've been following along as Nick Barose, major makeup artist and noted Conway opponent, evaluates his nemesis' skincare habits (opens in new tab). (Though he seems to be in on the joke, geo-tagging such content "Petty Island.")

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It's savage, which means the same as funny these days. It's easy. It's good for a chuckle—until you recognize the hypocrisy.

Just a few months ago, we raged every time Trump called a woman unattractive (opens in new tab), from Arianna Huffington to Bette Midler to Rosie O'Donnell. We said don't you dare judge us by how we look, but in less-polite terms. So what's the difference between his looks-based critiques and ours? What's keeping us from stooping to the level of the man who would be despot? Going after Conway in this way is a cheap shot, especially when there's plenty of other, more valid, deadlier ammo, including but not limited to: her living in the land of alternative facts (opens in new tab) (population: higher than you might think); misremembering "historical" events (opens in new tab); and massacring a standup routine (opens in new tab) more violently than what she might have imagined happened at Bowling Green six years ago.

We'd do better to think of another woman in the public eye (opens in new tab), whose appearance has been compared to much worse than overripe fruit, who still had the dignity to turn the other cheek. "When they go low," she said, "we go high."

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.