What I'm seeing in the public responses to politically prominent women is a reactionary response, a level of social resentment that is welling up. I don't think it has much to do with "educated sentiment" -- rather, it feels like a generalized burst of anger and resentment, and it may be the result of so many of us feeling that a privileged few have nice jobs with good paychecks, while the rest of us can't get a job to save our lives.
The popular media is, of course, making hay because they can. Public news is always searching for somebody to drag out into the light -- so they can keep their ratings up and their advertising slush funds flowing. Anybody will do... doesn't have to be a woman, but if that's what up today, that's what get's all the bright lights.
This media frenzy and fabulizing of AOC is simply the result of a constant search for somebody young, new and spectacular. Today it's Alexandria O. Cortez. Yesterday, it was someone else. But behind all of this is the simmering rebellion of the Right Against the Left, and the Rise of the Left (finally) over the Right - LOTS of fuel for a fire here!
It's been a long time coming - the final rebirth of the Democratic Party after years of repression and failed attempts to assert ourselves in the face of a rising Fascist movement in the Republican Party - the threat of a president who see himself as America's new Strong Man -- a man with hopes of becoming our last and final leader...
Thank the heavens for the emergence of women with leadership capabilities, and Democrats who finally are stepping forth to assume their place in our national political forums to help re-establish a balance that has been lacking for the last decade or two, with the Republican Party holding forth like the Roman Caesars, rolling over America without thought for who they've been offending, annoying, and insulting.