Jennifer, your analysis is pretty sound except that ‘the’ trophy wife issue actually is being pumped full of air by the media, despite the fact that Jeri Thompson doesn’t, as a matter of fact, fit the profile. (Novak’s point.) Surely this has something to do with the general reluctance of the MSM to attack a woman with the looks and the lifestyle to make her peers jealous for challenging the patriarchy by dint of her assertive professionalism. The fact is, calling Jeri too girly is hot and calling her too manly is not. As you suggest, stepping outside that pattern would itself, for many journalists, be an act of assertive professionalism.