Susan Patton, AKA “Princeton Mom” has a pretty sweet gig. She flits around TV saying incredibly horrible things for a living. Today, the horrible thing she said had to do with rape and child molestation, as for some reason Fox News has been really into soliciting her opinions on these matters. I guess because she wrote a thing about how ladies should snag a husband before they leave college lest they end up all old and alone and turning into Olive Chancellor or something.
Anyway, Patton popped by “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning to chitchat with Elisabeth Hasselbeck about rape and child molestation over some tea and crumpets. The question of the day was whether or not we should be teaching kindergartners and other young students about concepts like rape prevention and child molestation — given that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 42 PERCENT of rape victims are under the age of 18. Keep reading »
“First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances. … If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.”
This is an excerpt from a short statement Lena Dunham gave to TIME about the recent controversy over portions of her memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, that describe what some consider to be sexually abusive treatment of her younger sister. You can read the full statement here. The other Frisky staffers and I have been talking about this subject almost non-stop over the last few days and while some of us are still trying to figure out how we feel as it relates to children, sexual exploration, boundaries and abuse in general, we agree that this is a discussion that desperately needs to be had. [TIME]
In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena’s “weirdness” as a child, as well as her youthful obsession with the baby of the family. Instead, critics both on the right and the left say these stories not only cross the line of appropriateness, but suggest that young Lena’s treatment of her sister was sexually abusive, and that including them in her book is an extension of that abuse into adulthood. Keep reading »
Back in 2000, Jessica Biel, then starring as eldest daughter Mary Camden on TV’s “7th Heaven,” made waves by appearing on the cover of men’s magazine Gear in just a pair of panties, with her arm draped across her bare chest, covering her nipples. Given the “family-friendly” tenor of the religious-leaning show, this magazine spread was a big ol’ controversy at the time, including amongst the show’s producers and cast. And among those weighing in on the racy spread was none other than Biel’s TV dad, Stephen Collins, who had this to say:
“The press has gotten Jessica Biel’s age wrong in their recent stories about her. She’s not 18, as has been widely reported. She’s 17, a minor … Jessica’s photo spread was child pornography. I don’t want my kid to get the message that that’s okay.”
In light of Collins’ taped admission that he molested and/or exposed himself to multiple tween and teenage girls, these remarks about Biel’s Gear spread, frankly, take on a whole new and exceedingly creepy meaning. Yuck yuck yuck. [2 Paragraphs]