Backwards and in High Heels

Photo: Marcin Konsek / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

If you heard about Nancy Pelosi’s 8-hour filibuster-style speech last week, you probably also heard the oft-mentioned fact that she executed this feat while wearing 4-inch high heels.

This fact was breathlessly noted, not just by fashion and industry publications, but also by more mainstream news and culture outlets, and I find myself wondering if this is an achievement that is really deserving of celebration.