David Frum wonders if it’s really sexist to criticize Hillary Clinton’s smile and suggests that it’s less a matter of men and women as Hillary getting a special exemption.

As with a lot of similar things, the real answer is… we really don’t know. As Frum points out, we’re not shy about criticizing male smiles. But the gender dynamic is there, and it’s certainly not inconceivable that while we will criticize everyone, some women (and ideologies) are more likely to get criticized than others.

Which leaves us in a dissatisfying place where we don’t know what extent, if any, of the criticism of Clinton and the volume of said criticism is guided by gender and her personally.

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