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By now, you know all about Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin. If you don’t, you’ve likely spent much of the past several weeks nodding silently in the various social settings where someone else has inevitably brought them up.
To recap: super sext-er Anthony Weiner is running for mayor of New York, and the city’s leastloved Dick is back in hot water this week. New allegations against the former U.S. representative have—shall we say—popped up, and at least one woman has claimed that Weiner continued to engage in inappropriate sexual exchanges with her even after he resigned. Apparently, he used the name Carlos Danger. No, really. (An inventive alternative to George Alexander Louis, don’t you think?)
Of course, there’s plenty to say about sex and sleaze and why Snapchat hasn’t signed on as the official sponsor of this mayoral race. But what we over at Man Repeller HQ can’t seem to shut up about is not Weiner himself, but Abedin—the worrisome wonk’s brilliant, inscrutable, and, yes, gorgeous wife. Of particular fascination? Her recent flirtation with fashion.
On the heels of yesterday’s accusations, Harper’s Bazaar has published an excerpt from an essay written by Abedin for the glossy’s September issue. Titled “The Good Wife,” it echoes many of the sentiments that the Hillary Clinton confidante has been sharing for months. In other words: its contents are hardly revelatory. What’s more surprising—at least to me—is that Abedin hand selected Harper’s as the piece’s platform.
On my most optimistic days, I’d like to believe fashion is empowering and that a publication that celebrates modern womanhood—warts and all—appealed to Abedin (and her team of advisors). Plus, there’s no question that Weiner’s wife looks stunning in such highly polished pages. Remember her Vogue spread circa 2007? Still, I can’t help but puzzle over how this piece might have played differently had she decided to run it in a mixed-demographic magazine. Read: one that doesn’t almost exclusively interest women.
Did Huma choose Harper’s because its female readers are—as Leandra posits—more forgiving than a mixed audience might be? If so, why didn’t Abedin opt for an editorial in, say, Good Housekeeping? Does contributing to Harper’s downplay Abedin’s intelligence or underscore it?
And does the article’s appearance in the monthly change your opinion of the political pair? Finally, because we just can’t help ourselves: what the hell do you think of Anthony Weiner, anyway?
Come on now; let’s talk about it.
Written by Mattie Kahn