by | September 21, 2009
filed under Blogging, Feminism, Pop Culture

I’m really excited to have a guest blog entry posted on the About-Face blog today.

About-Face is a wicked organization run out of San Francisco whose mission is to “equip women and girls with the tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect self-esteem and body image.” In additon to their blog and awesome website chock full of resources for anti-racist feminist media analysis, About-Face provides media literacy workshops to Bay Area organizations .

My article is about the recent controversy surrounding Orange Country Register sports columnist Mark Whicker, who wrote an offensive piece using the captivity of Jaycee Dugard as a hook for a column of sports highlights. Here’s a quick excerpt.

The media does (not really) feel sorry for trivializing violence against women

September 21st, 2009

From Kanye to Serena Williams, it seems like everyone has been apologizing for inappropriate comments recently. But one apology you may have missed was that of Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker.

Whicker wrote a seriously offensive column on September 7th that attempted to use the rescue of Jaycee Dugard as a hook for a story on a series of sports highlights.

Dugard’s rescue earlier this year after being kidnapped at age 11 was big news. She had spent 18 years held captive in her abductor’s backyard, where he repeatedly raped her and forced her to give birth to two children.

Apparently Whicker thought a totally appropriate response would be this:

[Dugard] never saw a highlight. Never got to the ballpark for Beach Towel Night. Probably hasn’t high-fived in a while. She was not allowed to spike a volleyball… Now, that’s deprivation.

Click on the title or click here to read the rest of the blog entry. And make sure to check out their other cool articles!