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New feminist meme on Mattress Girl: How dare a journalist report the other side of the story?

February 9, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

She posed for this cover–but she’s “victimized by media hounding”
And here’s Jezebel:
“Rape victims now face the sort of scrutiny that is usually reserved for liberal female political candidates. But in the vast majority of cases, these women aren’t public figures; they’re regular people, victims further victimized by media hounding. As the rape debunk piece becomes its own sad genre, the narrative of the crazy, lying woman gathers strength, and pushes out the survivors that don’t fit the mold used to fashion this hysterical strawman.”
There’s something inherently amusing about describing someone who posed, along with her famous mattress, for the cover of New York magazine, as a “victim…further victimized by media hounding.”
Also the KitchenAid level of metaphor-mixing: “the mold used to fashion this hysterical strawman.” Really?
But what’s genuinely disturbing is the implication in all four of the above pieces that when it comes to an allegation of rape, journalists are supposed to be one-sided. They’re supposed to take down word for word everything the alleged victim utters, all the while nodding with empathetic credulity. They’re never, ever even supposed to think that in a “he said, she said” situation such as Sulkowicz’s, that it might be a good idea to find out what he might have to say.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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2 Comments
  1. Lastango permalink

    A cover on the New Yorker? I take that as a signal the Democrats are considering Emma Sulkowicz as (a) a candidate for elected office, and (b) a media asset during the 2016 elections.

    As background for those possibilities, recall that Mz. Sulkowicz was invited to sit next to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand during Obama’s State-of-the-Union address. Call that the “photo-op” seat… it’s not utilized pointlessly, or in a way that distracts from larger agendas.

    If Sulkowicz proves to be effective on behalf of the Left, she will at a minimum get the Anita Hill Treatment: book deal, lucrative speaking engagements, plus a tenured professorship out there in her future. If she stays at Columbia, perhaps she can get an office down the hall from Kathy Boudin.

  2. Kristi Herman permalink

    “Rape victims now face the sort of scrutiny that is usually reserved for liberal female political candidates.” Yeah, cause the media just goes hammer and tongs after liberal female politicians but always let the likes of Sarah Palin coast along merrily.

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