Will’s op-ed on the growing movement to reform campus policies on sexual assault is ignorant and misguided. Instead of viewing the rise in sexual assault education on campuses as positive reform, Will suggests that it is merely a ploy to “make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges.”
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While the coverage is problematic, it is even more so in a culture that devalues women and regularly downplays the crime of rape, particularly sexual assaults committed by talented athletes. Our society laments the loss of the football careers these young men may have had, yet fails to seriously consider the affect this crime could have on the victim.
By now, Super Bowl ad watchers have grown accustomed to GoDaddy producing one of the most shamelessly exploitative commercials every year. The internet company faithfully uses blatant sexual come-ons involving well-known women to brew up controversy before the game and draw viewers onto its website afterward.
It’s hard to tell what’s more offensive. The haute couture style of the cover photo, which presents the blindfolding of a woman as elegant and refined. Or the accompanying article, which uses the popularity of the book “Fifty Shades of Gray” — which Katie Roiphe describes as the “skinny-vanilla-latte version of sadomasochism” — to speculate that women are not comfortable with power and might even find it boring.
On his radio show, Limbaugh continually misrepresented Fluke’s testimony, repeatedly claiming she said that she (and other students) are “having so much sex, she can’t afford her own birth control pills.”
“Work It” relies heavily on the presumption that viewers will crack up at the mere sight of two men dressed as women. The script is obsessed with ticking off every supposed difference between the sexes.
The ad perpetuates stereotypical gender roles, where men are the action heroes of the world, forever looking for adventure, while women are submissive, ornamental or out of the picture altogether, as in this case.
Claiming (with no evidence and only one anonymous source) that an immigrant woman working as a hotel maid is actually a “hooker” is sexist, racist and classist, to say the least. Implicit in this accusation is that a prostitute cannot be raped, or that any claim she makes of being raped should not be taken seriously.
Newsweek’s attempt at celebrating Princess Diana’s 50th birthday makes her out to be a leading character in a romance novel rather than a leading figure in philanthropy.
Even the “good” ads feature far more men than women, and the genders are often split into stereotyped roles. But that’s nothing compared to the bad ads, and there were a bunch of them this year.