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HP scandal: Does it matter that Jodie Fisher once did softcore porn?
The woman at the center of the HP sex scandal once appeared in some racy movies, says Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon. That doesn't mean she wasn't sexually harassed
 
Is the media's focus on Fisher's past facilitating a "blame the victim" mentality?
Is the media's focus on Fisher's past facilitating a "blame the victim" mentality?
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Jodie Fisher is the woman whose sexual harassment claim led to the dismissal of Hewlett Packard chief executive Mark Hurd, says Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon. She's also a single mother, and a former executive at a real estate firm. But, "in the eyes of the media, first and foremost" she is a softcore porn actress, the star of racy movies from the 1990s with titles such as Intimate Obsession and Body of Influence 2. Of course, this means this story will be in the headlines for a good long while, proving yet again the old axiom, "sex sells." But it's something more than that, and something we see all too often in sexual harassment cases: "A push to discredit and shame the accuser based on her sexual past." Here, an extract:

"It makes me think of how rape accusers too often have their sexual histories put on trial; if you've slept around or recklessly boozed it up, you can forget being seen as an undeserving victim. It seems Fisher's softcore porn work is presented as incriminating evidence that she has cashed in on her sex appeal in the past.

There's an inability to see a woman with such a past as having possibly been trespassed in any way; a woman who has trafficked in her sexuality cannot possibly maintain sexual autonomy. The porn angle also facilitates the fearsome and titillating femme fatale narrative: Softcore succubus causes man's downfall!" 

Read the entire article at Salon.

 

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