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No One Should Shame Women for Having Plastic Surgery — Including the President

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is the Health Editor at SheKnows. She is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham ...

Trump shaming Mika Brzezinski for getting plastic surgery is latest in his repulsive, sexist remarks

Donald Trump has a lot of opinions about what female journalists — and women in general — should look like. We’re expected to look young and beautiful and thin and smile sweetly and not ask hard questions. And for the love of all that is holy, there had better be no hint of blood.

In his most recent — but certainly not last — completely inappropriate tweet as president, Trump publicly shamed MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski for allegedly having a face lift and “bleeding badly” last year on a trip to Mar-a-Lago. And just to make sure not to waste one woman-hating opportunity, he also insulted her intelligence, saying she had a "low I.Q.," then topped it off with the most original way to take down a woman ever — calling her crazy.

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For a second, let’s ignore the fact that the president of the United States should be doing a million more important things than tweeting about a woman’s appearance and focus on his underlying message: Women need to maintain a certain youthful look, but must be called out if they actually do something about it.

Women — especially those who dare to show their faces on television — are held to unattainable standards of beauty and youth. And no, this isn’t just for actors, but also journalists and hosts whose job it is to tell you what’s going on in the world — not entertain you or give you something nice to look at.

Back in simpler times — 2002, to be exact — the then-56-year-old real estate developer and guest star on The Nanny and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch told Howard Stern that women become undesirable at the age of 35 as a result of “too much life experience.” Right, so aging isn’t an option.

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Using that logic, he should be delighted that Brzezinski decided to do us all a favor and allegedly get her conventionally attractive face lifted so we have something nice to look at on TV. Not quite.

According to official White House statements (Twitter), Trump referred to Brzezinski as “Crazy Mika” and her fiancé, Joe Scarborough as “Psycho Joe," saying they came to his Mar-a-Lago property three nights in a row around New Year’s Eve and “insisted” on joining him. That’s when he remarked, “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Lest we forget, if there is one thing Trump is most horrified and repulsed by, it’s a woman’s blood — even, like in the case of Megyn Kelly — he can’t see it and it’s “coming out of her wherever.”

Although Brzezinski has yet to officially respond, she did tweet the following this morning:

Melania Trump did respond to her husband's vulgar comments — which, appropriately, is squarely in line with her official cause as first lady: speaking out against cyberbullying. The president, for his part, is doing his best to ensure that his wife has plenty of examples of bullying on social media to reference and combat.

"As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN when asked about the tweets.

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So to recap: Ladies — you are disgusting after the age of 35, but after that, don’t you dare get plastic surgery and under absolutely no circumstances should you bleed. Being a woman in 2017 is fun!

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