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When is it appropriate to make such remarks to women?

By Sushmita Bose

“You’re in such good shape… beautiful” was what US President Donald Trump — he who shoots his mouth off in a terribly unbecoming fashion most times — told Brigitte Macron, wife of his French opposite number, Emmanuel Macron. I thought, for a change, Trump was actually paying a lady a compliment. But reportedly, this is supposed to be “inappropriate”. So much so, that sports goods’ giant Reebok has promptly drawn up a chart to let all of us (who are only able to “read” when something’s illustrated in “graphic” format) know exactly when it is appropriate to say, “You’re in such good shape… beautiful”; turns out, the sentence can/should be mouthed if you “find a forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades, in your parents’ basement”. Not otherwise. Continue reading When is it appropriate to make such remarks to women?