Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Theodora Roosevelt

Portrait of Theodora Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States, 1903.

After John Singer Sargent.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love it...

    The genderquake hits in 1900...and Theodore Roosevelt has to make way for Theodora.

    He is in obvious need of transformation: a wealthy privileged American patrician with his immaculate suits and polished shoes, his aristocratic pince-nez, his masculinity and power trained at Harvard.

    The genderquake strips him of his career and his name ( he is now Teddi) and he must find his place at home. Theodora comes forth and takes his clothes and shoes and his political career - he is now forced to adapt to a life of quiet passivity as she wins the election. He must renounce his education as men are not allowed to attend college.

    His new feminized attire is very different from the tailored suits and cravats that had once projected power and authority. His famous firm serious expression must soften into a smile of submission.

    And of course Teddi is forbidden to wear shoes now, as he is still far too uppity and doesn't know his place yet.