But if you’ve been watching Hillary’s public image closely for a while, pictures highlighting her supposed Bitchy Resting Face are older hat than that thing Matt Drudge is still wearing. She’s often portrayed as “unladylike” – holding grudges, winning arguments at any cost, not suffering fools lightly – so of course you get photos of her looking tired, pissed off or somehow “unattractive”, since there is nothing less feminine than being unworthy of the male gaze.
On some level, that’s probably what makes her so relatable to so many women right now. It’s clearer than ever that we’re all “doing it wrong”, as far either some man – or judgmental woman – is concerned: you’re doing motherhood wrong, singlehood wrong, marriage wrong, divorce wrong, our jobs wrong, our friendships wrong, staying at home wrong; you’re too fat, too thin, too emotional, too cold, too smart, too dumb, too ambitious, too invested in earning your Mrs degree and definitely too self-critical.
But by making her the subject of every criticism under the sun, it’s entirely possible that Hillary’s critics made her into the Everywoman.”