It’s official. Everyone in the universe is crushing on Rachel Maddow.
Lesbianism has finally come into a glamour of its own, an appeal that goes beyond butch and femme archetypes into a more universal seduction. Her name is Rachel Maddow, the polished-looking, self-declared gay newscaster who stares out from the MSNBC studio every weekday night and makes love to her audience….
This is from Daphne Merkin’s latest style dispatch for The New York Times, “Butch Fatale,” which describes Maddow as the embodiment of a new out and proud media-friendly “lesbian glamour.” Suddenly it seems that “pretty” butches like Maddow and Ellen Degenerous are the new face of lesbian chic. Merkin states that “Sapphic archetypes tend to raise questions more than answer them.” I agree, but this is equally true of the butch fatale, which is probably what makes her such an intriguing figure.