After Lara Logan's Sexual Assault, Media Helpfully Discuss Her Hotness

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Now that CBS has made public Lara Logan's sexual assault in Egypt, other media outlets are clamoring to respond — in the most offensive way possible. Please, let's talk about Logan's looks and sex life!

The NY Post says Logan "is known as much for her toughness as for her good looks," and also includes a total of four paragraphs about her various romantic liaisons. Simone WIlson of the LA Weekly (via Salon) kicks the jerkitude up a notch, calling Logan a "Warzone 'It Girl'" and a "gutsy stunner" who "has long attacked Hollywood-lite reporters for their dumbing down of overseas violence — at the same time using her Hollywood good looks and spotlight to push a more hard-hitting agenda." Wilson also winds up her piece with this creepy line: "Impressive, indeed — but nobody's invincible." In fact, all the emphasis on Logan's "toughness" seems to imply, albeit indirectly, that the assault was some sort of inevitable comeuppance.


Not indirect at all were journalist Nir Rosen's tweets about Logan's attack. He questioned the assault: "look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than i'm sorry." Then he added, "She's so bad that I ran out of sympathy for her," "jesus christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger," and then "ah fuck it, i apologize for being insensitive, its always wrong, thats obvious, but i'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get." Rosen later apologized more fully ("I know that in a matter of seconds with a thoughtless joke, I brought shame upon myself and my family and added insult to Ms. Logan's injury") and quit Twitter, but his accusations of fame-whoring stand as one of the worst possible responses to sexual assault.

Of course, there's lots of competition. In addition to the isn't-she-hot angle and the she-just-wanted-attention angle, there's also the Islamophobe reaction, brought to you by Debbie Schlussel, who writes, "it bothers me not a lick when mainstream media reporters who keep telling us Muslims and Islam are peaceful get a taste of just how 'peaceful' Muslims and Islam really are. In fact, it kinda warms my heart." Oh, also: "I just love it when the people of the profession of 'the public's right to know' suddenly want 'privacy.' Tell it to your next interview subject, Lara." In fact, it's Logan's position as a journalist that made it impossible for her to get privacy. According to the Post, CBS decided to issue a statement regarding Logan's assault when it became clear the AP was working on the story — apparently Logan "was 'involved in the process' of deciding whether to make her attack public, and ultimately understood why the statement had to be released."

At least she had some say in the matter. While she recovers, she can't control the bullshit people throw at her for being a well-known woman who was sexually assaulted. The rest of us, however, can call this bullshit out for what it is. Writes Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon,

Like countless women around the world, Lara Logan was attacked in the line of duty. She was assaulted doing her job. It was a crime of unspeakable violence. And your opinion of how she does that job, the religion her assailants share with a few million other people, or the color of her hair has nothing to do with it.


Update: Nir Rosen has resigned from his position as a fellow at NYU Center on Law and Security.

Battle-Tough Beauty No ‘Wimpy Girly Girl' [NY Post]
CBS Reporter's Cairo Nightmare [NY Post]
How Muslims Celebrate Victory: Egypt's "Peaceful, Moderate, Democratic" Protesters [Debbie Schlussel]
What Not To Say About Lara Logan [Salon]
Lara Logan, CBS Reporter And Warzone 'It Girl,' Raped Repeatedly Amid Egypt Celebration [LA Weekly]


Earlier: CBS Reporter Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

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This disgusts me. I am of Egyptian heritage, born and raised in Canada but I've traveled to Egypt many times. And I am a feminist (feminist to the extent that I make other people uncomfortable.)

Let me be clear: what happened to Lara Logan is unacceptable. I am still baffled by it, because the Western media is largely responsible for the success of this revolution, and from my understanding, the Egyptian people are actually very grateful to the Western media.

I am also disgusted by the portrait being painted of Egyptian men. Allegedly, I'm supposed to believe that the males in my family are brown, savage, barbaric and oppressive. Never mind that Egyptians comes in a variety of colours, never mind that American men are just as sexist and capable of rape and sexual assault and misogyny. But I think at this point it's time to get off our pedestals and examine our own culture. My sister, who wears a headscarf, majored in English and was once told by her professor that, "it's better to be the mistress of a white man than the wife of a brown man." She quit English and moved to Engineering and now, thank you liberal establishment, hates the Arts for it's bullshit ignorance. This makes my life difficult because I'm in the liberal arts, but I understand her anger.

But the way the American media says it, you'd think that Egyptians just slobbered over blonds because white women are apparently just so damn beautiful. FYI I don't look at Logan and think she's pretty. And guess what? It doesn't matter if she is or is not, because that's not the reason sexual assault happens. Should only white women (who by default are beautiful) be afraid of rape? So women of colour have nothing to fear because they don't have pretty porcelain skin?

But hey, I guess this is just another reason for our white men to go and liberate their brown women. Because brown women hates their brown husbands, right? And that mob, they were all Muslims (even though this was not a religiously motivated rebellion and Coptic Christians figured a prominent role.) Oh, and let's also forget that under Sharia law (the boogeyman) a woman who is raped must only give her word that it happened, and it doesn't matter how many male witnesses testify against her, her word is supreme. But hey, didn't you know, Islam is a savage religion that hates women.

I want to send every news Anchor in the U.S a copy of "Orientalism" by Edward Said. I should just buy that book in bulk.

I am angry and feeling sick. I'm angry that a promising revolution had this happen at the very end. I'm angry at the racism. I'm angry at the misogyny. I'm angry that both my womanhood and race are being attacked. I'm very angry that Logan was sexually assault.

Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go cry to my half-white, half-black Atheist boyfriend, who apparently is half-emancipator and half-brute, and not an oppressor because he's not Muslim. And because his skin colour is brown, I'm sure people will think we're in some arranged marriage and that I don't truly love him. No way this brown man can be pro-feminist, right?