Strumpette: The Chapel PRostitute

March 28, 2006 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

To all the women in PR trying to make a decent name for yourselves…we are being sabotaged.

Amanda Chapel, proud PR “whore” (her words, not mine), has started a new blog that supposedly details the naked truth of the PR world. However, all I’ve seen revealed in her 2 posts so far are cheap shots intended either for getting attention (“Look at me! I’m going to predict the demise of Steve Rubel!”) or inciting catty dialogue (her word to B.L. Ochman: “Who picked out that outfit anyway?”). Wow, I never knew that exposing the PR field could be so shallow and unenlightening.

She likens the relationship between journalists and PR pros to that of a doctor and his pharmaceutical rep. She quotes from the book “The Drug Pushers”: “Drug reps pretend that they are giving doctors impartial information. Doctors pretend that they take it seriously.” I love the way that she tries to whittle down the essence of PR into a brainless analogy.

There are many ethical PR professionals out there that are fantastic at their jobs while maintaining their integrity, and they should be deeply insulted by Amanda’s feeble attempts to get attention.

The biggest disappointment is that many bloggers (save Kevin Dugan of the Bad Pitch Blog—thank God some of our men in the PR field are thinking with their minds and not the little man downstairs…need I say more) are encouraging this kind of smut with their comments. They beg for more pictures, eager for a glimpse of her self-proclaimed “perky” breasts. I especially like this comment from “Rusty”:

“We need more honest conversations from “whores” in every industry.”

Unbelievable. Pour some cold water down your pants, boys, and then get back to work!

There are only a handful of influential women bloggers in the PR field (Katie Delahaye Paine and Elizabeth Albrycht are two that come first to my mind), and for someone like Amanda Chapel to come along and exploit her sexuality to get attention from PR pros is a step backward for women in the industry. She should be embarrassed and ashamed.



  1. Michael Morton said,

    Nice play on the PRostitute!

    Great insight Flackette. It’s good to have you back blogging.

    By-the-way, when will you reveal yourself?

  2. Kami Huyse, APR said,

    I did a little research about women PR bloggers and they make up only 10 percent of the Top 50. The same as the general blogosphere.

    I was trying to focus on something positive in all this muck.

  3. Flackette said,

    Thanks for the comment Kami! I would like to see women in PR take over even more of the blogosphere in the future.

    Women make up the majority of the PR work force at 60% (U.S. Census Bureau 2000), and it’s sad to see that although our numbers are higher, our representation on the internet is not indicative of our strength in the field.

  4. Mike Abundo said,

    Nothing wrong with a hot blog pic. 😉

  5. Jozef Imrich, Esq. said,

    Wonkette editor and PR personality Ana Marie Cox once said that ‘People should have a complete media diet. Things like CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, that’s your roughage. That’s your green vegetables. That’s, like, what’s good for you. And then there’s what I do, which is like dessert. It’s not always good for you. It’s not very filling, but it’s tasty. It’s fun. It’s, you know, empty calories.’

    How to measure the value of Corporate Blogging

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