Rape is something that should never to be made light of, never to be joked about and the victim should never be considered to be “asking for it,” just because they are attractive. But that’s just what seems to be happening in the wake of the brutal assault on Lara Logan. The CBS corespondent was raped during what should have been a night of celebration, but instead Lara Logan was viciously assaulted on February 11th. She is now safely back in the states and is recuperating in the hospital. This was a horrible attack, one that she – and no-one – deserves, but some sites are implying that just because she happened to be blond and attractive, that this scenario was not just occupational hazard of being pretty but that this kind of attack was inevitable.
What is being said?
On February 3rd, after news that Lara Logan had been detained in Egypt, The Mofo Politics blog said, “OMG if I were her captors and there were no sanctions for doing so? I would totally rape her.” But after their fantasy came true, they deleted that part of the blog post saying, “Super funny joke deleted in light of the sad news that Lara Logan actually was raped in Egypt. Can I just say, however, that I sooo totally called this.”
Oh my god. How tacky is that?
And it’s not just them, although not as hardcore. The LA Weekly writer Simone Wilson made a point to mention Logan’s “shocking good looks and ballsy knack for pushing her way to the heart of the action.” She took liberties in trying to imagine what happened that night saying: “In a rush of frenzied excitement, some Egyptian protestors apparently consummated their newfound independence by sexually assaulting the blonde reporter.” Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams gave her reply saying, “Well, sure, what other motive for an assault could there be, given that Logan is, in Wilson’s words, a “gutsy stunner” with “Hollywood good looks?” And how else do Egyptians celebrate anyway but with a gang rape? It’s not like she deserved it, but well, she is hot, right?”
Why, just because Lara Logan is attractive does it make the act of brutal assault justifiable? If she was more homely would there be more outrage?