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Dear Media: Sexual Assault and Womanizing Are Not the Same Thing

The Random House Webster’s College Dictionary defines Womanize as “to pursue or court women habitually.” A Womanizer is defined as “a philanderer.”

The media might do well to revisit their dictionaries, or at least their Britney Spears lyrics, cause there seems to be a trend among reporters to characterize Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s long history* of alleged sexual harassment and molestation of unwilling victims as mere “womanizing.” The Associated Press did it. Ditto for Pulitzer-Prize winning author Charlie LeDuff. Even Paul Whitefield of the LA Times, the paper that brought the molestation allegations to light, is guilty of it.

Journalists, who make their living off language, ought to understand the difference between the two behaviors. One involves a consensual relationship. The other is a crime involving force. To refer to Schwarzenegger’s groping as “womanizing” is to make light of sexual crimes against women.

And, fer crissakes, it’s inaccurate. Come on, wordsmiths. You know better.

 
* For anyone who isn’t sure what we’re talking about: In 2003, the LA Times broke the story of Schwarzenegger’s long history of sexually assaulting women. Multiple women came forward to share their stories of being forcefully molested by Schwarzenegger.

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Reporter Recalls Golden Globes Viewing Party at Arnold’s

A taste of things to come.

Charlie LeDuff (pictured), a reporter with Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK, once met the woman alleged to be the mom of Arnold Schwarzegger‘s love child. After he showed up at a PCH motorcycle meeting for a New York Times profile and then waited in vain for the then Governor, LeDuff was invited as a consolation to Schwarzenegger’s home to watch the Golden Globes telecast of January 25th, 2004. Maria Shriver was there, as was the now infamous Mildred Baena. Remembers LeDuff:

On the television, a starlet pranced down the carpet. The bottom half of her dress looked like the bottom half of an ostrich. The top of the dress was nothing more than two straps criss-crossing her breasts. Schwarzenegger, fresh off his groping scandal — and with an East Coast reporter sitting in his living room no less — barked out: “Look at her! Some queer told her she looks good in that but her t–s look like s–t!”

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Charlie LeDuff: Who’s Your Daddy?

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Author Charlie LeDuff traveled the globe for the NY Times, and now lives in Hollywood, but he’s a million miles away from all the strike action. Why? Because he and his little daughter are at home or driving to Yoga World or going to the park. He writes in Men’s Vogue:

I made a promise to my kin and I’m keeping it. My child will never call someone else Daddy. And so we run our epic little routine: Breakfast. Nap. Walk. Church. Park. Lunch. Nap. Bath. Book time. Toy time. Mommy time. Dinner. Bed. Then a nice glass of Pinot for Papa.

The Mommy and Me Yoga class turned him away, as some of the mommies might feel “uncomfortable” with a daddy in the class. If they only knew.

Gawker, predictably, takes the snide road.

No Big Love Sidebar for LA Times Allred Story

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Utah’s Allred family, as referenced in Nicholas Riccardi’s mining tragedy story in the LAT, is a very large clan in the state. Some members–like Owen Allred, profiled by Charlie LeDuff and Rulon Allred, were polygamists. While this bit of history doesn’t have a place in a story about the toll the mines have taken on the family, it would have made an interesting sidebar.

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