A message from adelened
Regarding this post of yours: andyouhavetogivethemhope/tumblr/com/post/31057433119 -- The fact that Michelle Obama *can* make speeches that are at a college reading level is praiseworthy, but the fact that she habitually *does* strikes me as a form of ableism or classism - her speeches are most likely less accessible to less intelligent or less educated people. (I also note that she scores lowest in 'reading ease'.) This doesn't seem so unambiguously praiseworthy to me.

this is actually a good point and one that i admittedly overlooked. (here is the post adelene is referring to)

however, i would like to see some evidence regarding your claim that she “habitually does” give high level speeches because i am curious if the first lady’s DNC speeches were crafted to reach out to a specific audience. the reading level of her 2008 and 2012 speeches both sat at about the level of the average 13-15yr old and the purpose of convention speeches is to rile up the party base, which is generally full of political junkies. perhaps when she’s giving a speech to a different audience, for example, like the speech she gave in RVA yesterday, the level then changes.

additionally, with these valid critiques, i’d like to ask, what exactly are we expecting michelle obama to do? are we asking her to lower the difficulty level of her speeches? and if so, what are the implications of such a request when we view it through a racial and gendered lens? is it asking her to subject herself to the intellectual stereotypes of black women?

[Image: Two participants in the DC Slutwalk holding a sign that reads, “Sexism: Dividing the working class since 10,000 B.C.”]

[Image: Two participants in the DC Slutwalk holding a sign that reads, “Sexism: Dividing the working class since 10,000 B.C.”]