Paris Hilton is a Slut on Flickr and god help you if you are an ugly girl course too pretty is also your doom cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room - ani difranco, 32 flavors

Is it just me, or does everyone else notice that women who make it to some reasonable level of power in North America are painted as either sluts, junkies, airheads, bitches, witches* or some other awfully negative female stereotype?

I don't this because we tend to elevate poor role models to power or that we are still threatened by powerful women? Or both? Either way, it seems to be getting worse, not better.

* I was listening to some talk radio show in a cab the other day, where people were calling in about Hillary Clinton's cackle...ostensibly, this is big news, too.