`Slut Shaming` and the mainstream media

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`Slut Shaming` and the mainstream media

Postby hyksos on June 4th, 2018, 6:04 pm 

I am not making a moral judgment call on this issue. Rather I'm just pointing it out because I see the pattern pretty clearly now in how the mainstream media handles the topic of female sexual behaviors. This pattern is perhaps more prevalent in the more "left-leaning" media venues (i.e. NPR, CNN, etc). So I'm not going to adopt a position that this trend is a good thing or a bad thing in the long term. I'll let others do that.

"Female sexual behavior" will include the following items at the least, whenever such behavior leads to a breaking story in the media and on the headlines of the news.

  • A porn actress is involved in a big legal case.
  • A female teacher at a high school has trysts with a male student from one of her classes.
  • A powerful woman (CEO, politician) cheats on her husband.

It has become an unspoken rule that if the perpetrator of unusual sexual behavior happens to be a woman, that heaping invective at her is somehow wrong. Rush Limbaugh recently dared used the word "slut" to describe Sandra Fluke, which gave rise to shrieks and howls from every corner of the media, including pundits on back-hour NPR talk shows.

The questioning of a porn actress's decision to go into the porn industry is now only very rarely seen in the words of "crotchety old" pundits on Fox News.

Now lets compare the very verbiage used by mainstream media outlets in these two cases :

1.) A female teacher at a high school is having sex with a student from one of her classes.

2.) A male volleyball coach at a high school is not having sex with girls from his team, but doing something benign like photographing them topless, and only as a funny joke.

In (1) the mainstream media describes the sex with the teen student with carefully-selected phrases that minimize the emotional impact as much as possible. For example
"sexual relationship" and
"she made a mistake" and
"bad judgement".
Then the pundits come on TV talkshows, and if they are males on CNBC, they smirk the entire segment. If the teacher is "hot" , then the male pundits make sideways jokes about "Lucky kid" which causes a female pundit to roll her eyes. Then they cut to commercial break.

On the other hand, the coach in (2) is described in written media with a whole different set of phrases.
"THe predator"
"preyed upon"
"child molester".
"Rape"
"hurt children"
"behind bars"
"Won't see the light of day"
"monster"
et cetera


In any case, it has become culturally uncouth to heap invective at the perpetrator of unusual sexual impropriety, if the perpetrator be a woman. This starts with a deep respect for women working in the Adult Film Industry (Ya know,, don't say phrase "porn actress" because that would smack of slut-shaming), you are to describe Stormy Daniels as "An adult entertainer in the Adult Film Industrial Complex" or perhaps "Adult Film Actress" or maybe even "Independent Female Contractor for Adult Entertainment" ya know mix it up so it sounds like she works as clerk in a hospital for children with cancer.

Starting there, the rule against slut-shaming bleeds over into other areas of human life. Seeping like water through cracks to other areas as it seeks the lowest path. Now even teachers having trysts with teen boys from school are protected by this unspoken ethical rule in the media. "She made a mistake". "Community service" and other wrist-slaps as punishment of for the "relationship" she had.

But if it be a man cheating on his wife. Well he is "abusive" and he is a "lying cheater" a psychopath who "uses people". And if a male coach were to get frisky with a teen from the lacrosse team. Well! He's a "monster who preys upon". And he will be "not hurt anymore children" being as the pedophile child molester rapist is now "behind bars".
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Re: `Slut Shaming` and the mainstream media

Postby Braininvat on June 4th, 2018, 9:25 pm 

This appears to be an OP making observations on social trends, rather than a topic in the branch of philosophy called ethics. Could go in sociology, but these are largely anecdotal impressions and no scientific papers or other data sources are cited. Therefore it seems that Odds and Ends would be the best fit.
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Re: `Slut Shaming` and the mainstream media

Postby hyksos on June 4th, 2018, 11:12 pm 

Braininvat. You might want to pick up a recent book on ethics at your local library. You will find that the textbook contains many many examples like the one I have given. Ethics textbooks do in fact contain references to recent events in the news media.

In fact, regarding the loud bias between female sexual predators and male sexual predators -- we can apply an ethical analysis. In particular, we could apply a Kantian analysis to this bias. Kant would show that the news media is failing to apply the categorical imperative with this issue.
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Re: `Slut Shaming` and the mainstream media

Postby hyksos on June 4th, 2018, 11:19 pm 

Wait a second here. YOu didn't even move this thread into POlitical THeory?

I ask because Politicla Theory section contains posts about Robert Mueller, Russian election meddling, and other recent events. I'm not sure how Stormy Daniels (who is a PORN STAR btw) disqualifies my thread even from Political THeory section.
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