"... and taking big, gulping swigs of self-righteousness before firing off e-mails and tweets declaring the whole discussion pointless."
Robin Givhan wants to talk about Michelle Obama's shorts. She's a fashion writer, okay? Deal with it!
And fashion is important. ("[C]lothes are part of our broader aesthetic obligation to each other.")
By the way, did you watch the first episode of the new season of "Project Runway"? On — ugh! — Lifetime now, instead of Bravo.