Inspired this week by Horse N Buggy to heed the Call to Service, I bring you some personalized jtot coverage of a nice Sally Jenkins column on the challenges of Erin Andrews doing her job and managing her beauty. The pretense of Jenkins posting the column today is that, starting tonight, Erin must 'reassert that she's a professional in control of her own image, while acknowledging that she was victimized by voyeurism' when she returns to the sideline in tonight's USC vs. NC State game (I know you see what I did there)(btw, does this information change your plans for that invigorating Indiana game on the B10 network?). Now, beyond this questionable (to me) assertion, Jenkins goes on to pontificate and predicate and predict more than a few sillinesses, but in general puts forth a reasonable read on the complex subject of sexism in the workplace*
* Erin Andrews in her workplace:
More gripping jp commentary after the jump.
Now, although EA turned her down for an interview request, Jenkins remains a fan:
She built her on-air personality with a solid understanding that while beauty matters, because it leads to interest, it can also lead to damning criticism and easy disparagement, so her real career drivers better be smarts and preparation.
And provides more than a few provocative little nuggets:
When Playboy named Andrews the Sexiest Sportscaster two years in a row, she laughed and enjoyed the compliment without prudishness, while making it clear it would be "a cold day in hell," as her father put it, before she would actually appear in that magazine.
It would be a genuine shame if voyeurism caused Andrews to like her job any less. And it would be an equal shame if it caused her to disassemble who she is, de-emphasize her natural attractiveness, or sleepwalk through interviews with less rapport, for fear it might be misinterpreted or invite creeps.
Other goodies include comparisons to Tony Siragusa and Keyshawn Johnson. In the end, it's clear that Jenkins has nothing but admiration for EA and her original assertion that EA must somehow reassert herself after this summer's invasiveness just gently fades away. And no good fanpost on the coverage of Miss Andrews would be complete without a few more offerings from the rest of blogistan:
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