Illustrations: Carolyn Figel

The Terrible Power of Being a Political Woman on TV

What we miss out on when we demand fealty to a certain on-screen aesthetic

Television performance was increasingly spoken of as a science, with outside experts brought in so higher-ups at the networks wouldn’t have to take responsibility for their preferences.

Eve Fairbanks’s essays appear in The Guardian Long Reads, The Washington Post, and other outlets. She is at work on a book about South Africa.

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