Friday, August 22, 2008

CNN Slut Shames Amanda Beard

Where the hell does Amanda Beard get off saying, "eww", when she was asked if she had kissed Michael Phelps? Seriously, the dirty slut had the nerve to pose naked, she is no position to be picky.   Isn't she aware that with his record breaking gold medal wins, he will be a multi millionaire?  It is common knowledge that money is supposed to buy access to womens bodies.  As long as you are in possession of  a vagina you must spend your life on an auction block.  It seems that if you refuse to be sold like chattel, it is perfectly acceptable to be a called a slut and a whore.  Good to know that in 2008 women are still expected to fuck on command.

CNN makes it quite clear that in comparison to Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard is a image nothing. That she is also a gold medalist is completely ignored in their desire to paint their hero as ruler of all he surveys.  Why didn't she just acknowledge her own second class citizenship in comparison to the new lord and master of the pool.  Poseidon God of the  water has a dick and must be fed pussy to keep a float.

Poor Amanda does not know what she is missing, and it doesn't matter anyway as it seems CNN decided in the end, that Michael could do better than sloppy seconds.  Yeah the king of the water deserves fresh, virginal pussy.  No one on this horrendous panel stopped for a moment to discuss Phelps sexual history. He was picked on as a child, boo hoo, he can't possibly have any freaky sexual peccadilloes the world might be interested in.  MMMM...what was I thinking, men don't have sexual peccadilloes,  especially when they they are conquering heroes....Men like Phelps fall into the category of STUD.  Valenti got this one right, He's a stud, She's a slut is the way the world works. 

If she had slept with him, she would still be a slut because women are supposed to be virginal.  Not sleeping with him is still reason to be called a slut because women are meant to be passive in the face of male sexual advances. No matter what angle you look at this from slut shaming is meant to keep women constantly changing their behaviour to satisfy whatever particular male interests are at play at any given moment. Women are reduced to marionettes in a game of sexual conquest in which their genitals represent the totality of worth.  Legs open or leg closed it simply does not matter as long as we are focusing on how men want us to behave rather than what is appropriate for our needs and desires. You had me until you apologized Amanda, you had it right the first time. You are entitled to pick who will, and will not sleep with without being constructed as a whore. 

H/T Wolfrum @Shakesville


10 comments:

WeblogLearner said...

Eww too! I am with the woman! Does it mean when he has money he can buy all? That is a shame of the world to conclude that way! She can be a slut but she has the right to choose.

Renegade Evolution said...

The treatment of Amanda Beard was awful...but is it Phelps' fault? I don't think attacking him is the answer. Phelps' is a likeable person, and it's not as if he slut-shamed Beard...CNN is at fault here, not Phelps.

Renee said...

I wasn't attacking Phelps...If I was the commentary would have been far worse. What I am doing is critiquing the way the media constructs them.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

CNN is disgusting. I like how they are laughing at Amanda Beard telling the whole world that it is okay to laugh and make fun of people, very sad on their part. Then they bring three people on as commentators to have them agree with the belittling of another person. Such great humans they are.

Nhuong Son said...

All the news media are here to entertain us. They'll do anything to get viewership.

SjP said...

Who's Amanda Beard...LOL!

Cooper said...

It seriously looked like you were venting your anger rather viciously on someone who had nothing got do with this, and over an entertainment program that no one with any sense watches.
That show is not "the media" in any sense of the word.

Renee said...

@cooper...pointing out that one show does not represent the media is valid however it is very clear that as we watch television and print news women are continually slut shamed. This particular post was dedicated to one example from CNN, however this incident is certainly not an isolated incident.

A. said...

A great illustration of the double standards of a widely held view, not just by the media.

The Fitness Diva said...

I agree, A.