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I found the article on Susan Fowler and her upcoming book interesting, but I have to wonder if this part is really necessary:

"She sits very still, with excellent posture, in a black leather jacket, a gray boatneck top, and jeans. She doesn’t appear to be wearing makeup; her hair looks like it’s air-dried. She looks, in other words, like an ordinary upper-middle-class woman in her late 20s who happens to be on her lunch break"

Why is it at all important to the story what she looks like or what she is wearing? I don't recall in interviews The Verge has done with men details about their clothes, hair or makeup (or lack thereof).