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Saturday, August 03, 2013

 

... the dead nicotine-stained slut was too fat, too.

 
 
Ann Althouse writes about a feminist blogger at Slate who took the AP story about a woman falling to her death from a 17th floor balcony when the railing gave way and turned it into a screed bout sexism.

Althouse's blog essay is fairly tedious. But a comment by navillus was hilarious.

LV Anderson [the feminist blogger] writes that the AP included the following 'totally irrelevant details' about the dead woman:          
1. She was 35 and single.
2. She was a smoker.
3. She invited a man back to her apartment late at night on a first date.
4. The man warned her not to lean against the balcony, but she did it anyway."

In fact, the AP article never mentions Rosoff's marital status; Anderson is guilty of the hetero-normative assumption that she was single. Rosoff could have been married in an open marriage or involved in a long term polyamorous relationship, for all the AP article tells us. Similarly, the AP never passes judgement on whether 12:50AM is 'late at night'- that's all coming from the fever swamp of LV Anderson's brain. Why does the Slate writer assume that 1;00AM is some slutty witching hour during which only fallen women are awake?

In other news, numerous stories have said she fell backwards off the balcony- it's hard to imagine falling backwards off a collapsed balcony corner when it's only your foot up on the rail while stretching. Much more likely her rear end was up on the corner & the extra weight shift when she stretched her leg along the railing caused the railing to give way. I'm actually surprised LV Anderson didn't accuse the AP of insinuating that the dead nicotine-stained slut was too fat, too.

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