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Category: Art and Entertainment, Media, Violence against Women

Anna Holmes' "The Disposable Woman"

March 4, 2011

Today The New York Times published an op-ed by Jezebel writer and creator Anna Holmes that provided some much-need perspective on the recent media circus surrounding actor Charlie Sheen.

After Mr. Sheen's radio rants, which resulted in the shutting down of production on his show, Two and a Half Men, the actor has enjoyed a surge in publicity, appearing on a number of talk shows, inspiring Internet memes, and even hitting a record-breaking number of Twitter followers.

What the press, CBS executives, and the millions who view his sitcom are notably silent on is Sheen's well-documented history of abusing women. Sheen's violent misogyny has been has been "repeatedly and affectionately dismissed as the antics of a 'bad boy,'" while his female accusers have been cast as "'gold diggers,' 'prostitutes' and 'sluts'" for whom violence and debasement are assumed to be a fact of life. What's also deeply troubling is how this violence against women is connected to our TV culture.

As Holmes writes, "it’s difficult for many to discern any difference between Mr. Sheen’s real-life, round-the-clock, recorded outbursts and the sexist narratives devised by reality television producers, in which women are routinely portrayed as backstabbing floozies, and dreadful behavior by males is explained away as a side effect of unbridled passion or too much pilsner." Read the full article here.

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