Charlie Sheen’s Mysogyny

by d

…is tolerated as part of a larger cultural misogyny. Anne Holmes, creator of Jezebel, has an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times called The Disposable Woman.

Holmes demonstrates how Charlie Sheen‘s record of lashing out and being abusive toward the women in his life has been tolerated, even affectionately joked about, by the media at large. Part of the problem, she argues, is the sort of women he’s been involved with.

But there’s something else at work here: the seeming imperfection of Mr. Sheen’s numerous accusers. The women are of a type, which is to say, highly unsympathetic. Some are sex workers — pornographic film stars and escorts — whose compliance with churlish conduct is assumed to be part of the deal. (For the record: It is not.)

Holmes goes on to point out how the exploitation and debasement of women has become a normal part of reality TV culture.

Honestly, there are so many great quotes and arguments in this piece, I can’t possibly pull them all.

Read it for yourself at the NYT.

One Comment to “Charlie Sheen’s Mysogyny”

  1. Charlie Sheen’s misogyny is also very well documented. I think its a bit strange that some men get away with this more than others. I think people also see Sheen as a victim of himself; his boozing and drugging. Which I really don’t see as an excuse, but I cannot deny that if you are an alcoholic or a drug addict, just one alone, you don’t act like you might if you were completely sober, let alone if you were both. However, this is still a flimsy excuse, one that sounds an awful lot like, “oh, boys will be boys~” and so forth. One that dismisses the actions of the person, because of who or what the person is.

    I think that the real problem is not Sheen’s misogyny, nor the societal acceptance of it. I think the real problem is the culture of blame and misogyny-acceptance that we have going. If it weren’t for that, Sheen would not be quite so tolerated. If we are going to change the way people see and deal with Sheen’s misogyny and that of men like him, we have to first change the cultural acceptance of misogyny and victim-blaming.

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