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Comment of the Week: CassandraToday

Filed By Bil Browning | February 20, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: Anderson Cooper, Laura Logan, rape culture

From Karen Ocamb's post "CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Egypt, Stirs Internet 'Debate'" comes this insightful comment from CassandraToday:

The fact that Logan is pretty is a meaningless detail. Of course she is; like it or not, being good-looking is a job requirement for on-camera TV reporters, male or female. So how come nobody has mentioned Anderson Cooper's good looks when reporting the assault on him? Oh, that's right -- he's a man. Only in a woman is beauty equated with sexual availability. And that prejudice is alive and well not only in Egypt, but right here as well, as we've seen by the endless, breathless reporting of the attack on Logan. Damn, but we have a long way to go.

Lara Logan in Tahrir Square just before the assault Photo: CBS News


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Ummm... has anyone noticed yet? The Cassandra folks 'might' have a point, except that they're comparing apples to oranges here. Ms. Logan was sexually assaulted. Mr. Cooper was not. To me, those are rather different beasts. Granted; they were both attacked initially perhaps to their being being blue-eyed, American journalists. But Ms. Logan is 'deserving' of more sympathy due to the additional sexual assault - period. And does anyone truly doubt? If Mr. Cooper had been sexually assaulted, the canyons of NYC and the boulevards of WeHo would still be smoldering embers of protest! ;)

I think the point was that there was no need to mention her level of attractiveness. It's a tiny way of justifying the attack.

If Mr. Cooper had been sexually assaulted, the canyons of NYC and the boulevards of WeHo would still be smoldering embers of protest! ;)

No, they would be smoldering embers of voyeurism masquerading as legitimate journalism ...