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Team Erin Andrews

May 11th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

I never thought much of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Pretty, nice rack, whatever. Okay, okay, let me amend that–pretty, very nice rack…whatever.

The point is, I still got to “whatever.” Because Erin Andrews represents everything that’s cliché and uninteresting about sports to me. She’s the archetypal Hot Girl–blonde, leggy, and, again, racktastic–for dudes with no imagination. She’s also the (pin-up) poster girl for the gender inequality that pervades professional sports and its employment opportunities within, whether it’s in front of the camera, on a coaching staff, or on an executive level. Women need not apply to this good ol’ boy network–unless they’re sexy and most closely resemble the cheerleaders. Men, meanwhile, who do the same work that Andrews does, can be as dweeby (ahem, Ken Rosenthal) or as sartorially-challenged (hi, Craig Sager) or as overweight as they want (what’s up, Goose?) with impunity.

But Erin Andrews’ recent beef with The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck–another female-in-sports archetype, aka The Quarterback’s Wife–a beef that, for the record, Hasselbeck started, has not only done away with my ambivalence towards Andrews, it’s also got me rooting for her. You see, Andrews has been a stalking victim twice in the last year. The first time, some perv filmed a Andrews through a peephole while she was naked in her hotel room, and then put the video online. The second time, she received emailed death threats. But she’s been in the news most recently because she’s a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, one of the final five, in fact. A week ago, Hasselbeck criticized the outfits Andrews wore on the show–the women’s outfits are typically skimpy–saying the ESPN reporter was wearing “next to nothing” while not-so-subtly playing the ol’ blaming-the-victim game:

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Bill O’Reilly Proves He’s Sympathetic to Rape Victims by Victimizing a Female Journalist

March 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Last weekend, Bill O’Reilly stalked ThinkProgress journalist Amanda Terkel while she was on vacation and ambushed her with a camera, all because Terkel had pointed out how creepy it was that O’Reilly was going to host a fundraiser for rape victims when he had played “blame the rape victim” on his show in the past. Specifically, Terkel cited that in 2006, O’Reilly said about 18 year-old rape and murder victim Jennifer Moore:

Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning.

In retaliation, O’Reilly sent one of his minions to corner Terkel in Virginia and try to shame her on camera:

Keith Olbermann had Terkel on his show Tuesday and speculated that with O’Reilly’s ratings and relevance down these days, “We all knew Bill O’Reilly would do something to try to force the spotlight back onto him.”

And the only thing missing from O’Reilly’s desperate bid for attention was him putting on a miniskirt and a midriff-baring halter top.

Shocked he overlooked that detail!

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Name, Shame, and Blame the Hookers

September 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The Ethics and Integrity Ministry of Uganda announced this week that, in order to fight prostitution (a trade described as “booming” along the Uganda-Sudan border), the government is going to shame sex workers by publishing their names in the newspaper, on TV, and on the Internet. Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo (pictured) was quoted as saying:


(Prostitution) is not only destroying homes, it is blighting the future of young people and becoming a major facilitator of serious infections such as HIV and AIDS.

And you know how hookers REALLY LOVE hooking. And their Johns are so good to them, buying them expensive stuff on Rodeo Drive like Richard Gere did in Pretty Woman. It’s not that prostitutes can’t do other jobs, either, it’s just that suckin’ old ugly cock for a living is so DAMN FUN. And the very serious threat of contracting HIV/AIDS while fuckin’ for money makes it SO COOL and THRILL-SEEKY. So the only way to shut prostitutes down is to make them feel BAAAAAAAAAAD about what they’re doing because they like it WAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH.

The Ugandan government is also contemplating outlawing the miniskirt, aka Whore Gear, because, as Minister Buturo puts it:

The mini-skirt can cause an accident when you are sitting with a woman in a car. Men while driving gaze out when they see these women and this causes accidents,” he said.

And, as we all know, those men driving those cars while checking out those prostitutes in those miniskirts have NO CONTROL over their actions whatsoever!

This miniskirt is the problem. Not your raging boner. (Woman pictured is not actually a hooker. Just a desperate wannabe.)


Yes, yes. Name, shame, and blame the hookers! Because, as our friend who works in Uganda advocating for women’s rights told us today, “Prostitutes just aren’t stigmatized enough, right?”

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