Nikki Haley kicked some serious booty at the United Nations this week, and she did it while wearing that ultimate symbol of female oppression – high heels.
This year the mainstream media has noted that many “Trump women” (as they label both the President’s family members and women in high profile administration positions) wear high heels and that there’s something sinister about this. Haley’s been known for wearing 4″ heels for years, though, so this isn’t some type of weird Trump administration fetish.
She said back in 2012 that it was “for ammunition” and that, in a male-dominated industry, sometimes she wanted to use them for kicking. And given what’s come out about sexual harassment in politics this year, can we really blame her?
“I think the media’s a little frightened of women. I wear high heels and it’s not a fashion statement; it’s for ammunition.”
At another point, she again referred to her stilettos, which I’d put at 4 inches minimum, saying that back home in South Carolina, “I’ve got a completely male Senate. Do I want to use these for kicking? Sometimes, I do.’’
Haley chose a pair of heeled black boots for Thursday’s proceedings at the United Nations, a type of shoe one hater’s blog (to which I won’t link) labeled “hooker boots.”
These boots are made for walkin’ …
For winter in New York City they’re a reasonable choice, and not a new one for Haley. She also wore heeled boots last week while blasting Iran.
She’s not even afraid to wear a bandaid with heels, as she did while introducing Marco Rubio at a rally in 2016.
While a stiletto-clad Haley’s staring down the dictators of the world and telling them, essentially, to make her day, hand-wringing American feminists are terrified about the psychological damage that could be done to their daughters by red high heel emojis on smartphones.
Ms. Hutchinson, for example, has sent a proposal to the Unicode Consortium’s emoji subcommittee, recommending that they add a ballet flat, a shoe that reads as female but not seductive or sexualized. (Ninety-two percent of people online use emoji every year; 75 percent of us want more emoji options.) She was particularly concerned about children, whose first forms of communication are pictographic and who are exposed to technology at ever-younger ages.
My daughters are already being confronted by these gender-stereotypical norms, totally subconsciously,” Ms. Hutchinson said, “while all of us are having this very vocal conversation about gender biases.”
As Haley returned to her seat after rebuking the United Nations General Assembly the men in the audience wouldn’t look her way, but the women were a different story.
It’s hard to tell if those are looks of admiration or contempt. But one thing’s for certain – Nikki Haley doesn’t care.