Kevin Roderick: How female TV journalists protect their safety after Erin Andrews

The world is often an unsafe place for women, particularly when they are around groups that commit a disproportionate amount of crime (such as young black men, et al). The world is often an unsafe place for men as well only men rarely feel comfortable expressing that. Because women feel more comfortable sharing their feelings, they complain more than men. A man who complained about feeling unsafe would usually be looked at as a wimp.

Also, most TV journalists, particularly female journalists, owe their careers largely to their looks. When you’re attractive, you receive more attention. If you don’t like that, would you rather be ugly? Pack on 50 pounds and you’ll get a lot less attention.

Erin Andrews would not have the career she enjoys today if she was not gorgeous. If she were plain, she’d be lucky to be working in journalism at all. If, God forbid, she had some disfiguring accident that made looking at her a gruesome experience, she would no longer be on TV. Perhaps she could write books instead?

I know that journalists are sometimes assaulted for things they write or for just being journalists, just as people who are written about by journalists are often assaulted as a result. I have no doubt that the fevered intensity around Donald Trump will result in people getting hurt, and perhaps some of them will be journalists.

Every articulate person can tell a chilling story about how he has suffered. Even these horrible stalkers could tell you chilling stories about how they’ve been abused and teased and treated like dirt (often by beautiful women).

We hear more about how women suffer because they are more likely to share their feelings and we hear more about how journalists suffer because they have the megaphone. Journalists are not immune from bad luck, from criminal activity, and from the consequences of their choices.

If journalists don’t like the heat, they can get out of the fire. If they gain weight and dress dowdy, they will get less attention from men. If they become paralegals instead of TV journalists, they’ll be less likely to have stalkers.

Cry me a river about the suffering of TV journalists. Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in this case.

How do working class white people protect their safety as America becomes increasingly anti-white? Unfortunately, most of these people are not terribly articulate and nobody seems to care about their safety, except perhaps Donald J. Trump.

Kevin Roderick writes:

With Los Angeles-area TV sports reporter Erin Andrews still engaged in her Nashville lawsuit against the Marriott hotel there over the 2007 nude video of her inside her room, Sports Illustrated spoke with several other women who cover sports for TV about life for them on the road. It’s depressing. All said they take some pretty careful steps to protect themselves from stalkers, creeps and invasions of their privacy at hotels. Keeping the name of their hotels off social media is one thing; some of these women ask for a new room if the desk clerk happens to say their room number out loud, or they cover peepholes with Band-aids and keep the blinds closed, and most don’t let in maids or other hotel staffers if they can help it. One of the women says she tries not to be unclothed when in the room, just to be safe…

Here in the Los Angeles area, harassment of TV reporters on location, especially women, seems to be on the rise. As well as at venues where Donald Trump is speaking and his supporters are gathered, but that’s a separate story. I could see the issue of reporter safety at those pointless 11 p.m. stand-up shots becoming a bigger issue for the stations.

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