The Slut-Shaming of Amanda Knox, updated

Amanda Knox has been freed by a court in Italy. I am immensely relieved and pleased, and my reasons why are in this GMP post today: Amanda Knox Freed, But the Slut-Shaming Goes On. It concludes:

When I look at the face of Amanda Knox, I see someone who looks a great deal like many of the students I taught. When I hear the details of her private life discussed with both salacious enthrallment and feigned repugnance, I think of the experiences of so many of my students who went abroad with me. When I hear the twisted, groundless narrative that the prosecution offered, something along the lines of “American girl is sexually curious and open about it and she smoked pot: therefore it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump to stabbing one’s prudish roommate to death”, I’m enraged and indignant. What happened to Amanda Knox — and I am nearly as convinced of her innocence as her parents — could have happened to a dozen young women I knew and taught in Italy.

Make no mistake, I grieve the loss of Meredith Kercher and the horrible way she died. But I have little doubt that if Knox had been a little less pretty, a little less sexual, and a little less American, she’d never have spent a day in prison for her roommate’s murder.

I rejoice in her freedom today.

3 thoughts on “The Slut-Shaming of Amanda Knox, updated

  1. On one hand I agree with your last paragraph. On the other hand I wonder if she had been a little less pretty we would ever have heard her story. That is, we only heard about this because she was pretty. A plain girl in similar circumstances might vanish into the Italian prison system and never be heard from again. But don’t mind me, I’m just trying to stir the pot.

  2. Reflexively, Charles, the fact that she is pretty is part of the point. People are obsessed with the sex lives of pretty people, particularly women. If she wasn’t pretty, her sex life would thus have been assumed to be less interesting. Until, of course, the ritual sex killing narrative came out. Then, had she been less pretty, the story would likely have been about how she followed her Italian boyfriend without question so that he would still like her, she did it for attention, etc. Lastly, the “but don’t mind me” comment was unnecessary. I don’t think you need to resort to baiting to get a response.

  3. If she hadn’t pulled the good old fashioned American trick of Blame The Black Guy then she wouldn’t have found herself in the situation. After she lied to police to try and falsely implicate Patrick Lumumba, it was logical that the suspicion would then turn to her, why try and frame someone else if she had nothing to hide? Fact is, she brought suspicion on herself.

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