“Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of social science research around the effect of news accounts of false rape…”

“Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of social science research around the effect of news accounts of false rape allegations. Perhaps the closest thing we’ve got is a study, published in the journal Violence Against Women, that examined media coverage of the 2002 sexual assault allegations against basketball star Kobe Bryant. The study found that after reading a news story that […]

Read more

Women’s representation in media: the best data on the subject to date

This is a post on the Guardian’s investigation of the number of women writers/ commentators in some of the main print newspapers in the UK (Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail). The data are explored in some detail on the link but at a glance, it seems that the Guardian has fewer women (proportionally) than its two competitors. (And this includes the Daily Mail, I addition.) […]

Read more

A sixteen year old girl is dead

Emphasis added. On seriouslyamerica: Because she had the audacity to refuse an invitation to prom. Maren Sanchez is dead, murdered by a sixteen year old classmate who flew into a rage when Sanchez declined to be his date. Maren Sanchez is dead, and multiple media outlets have the goddamn audacity to call this a “dispute” over prom, as if Sanchez’s […]

Read more

Twelve Things the #nomorepage3 Campaign Is NOT

Photo: Jack Fletcher I have never seen so much confusion surrounding a campaign than ‘No More Page 3’ (NMP3). Yes, I am young and not world weary, but as a supporter of the cause I have certainly grown weary of the misconceptions and the false assumptions about what the organisers are saying. So I propose to tell you exactly what […]

Read more

Exposed: Outrageous Gender Bias Rife in News Industry

On alternet: According to the Women’s Media Centre (WMC), male journalists dominate the U.S. news industry, receiving 63 percent of byline credits across almost all media sectors compared to just 37 percent for women. In conducting the research, the WMC examined 20 of the most widely circulated U.S. based media networks analyzing some 27,000 pieces of content including TV, newspapers, wires and online news […]

Read more

“Toxic Wars” vs. Conscientious Feminism

Why do these outcries happen? The simple answer is because some women, particularly white women with visibility and influence, all too often use (without consciousness sometimes) the very devices that patriarchy uses to dominate women – namely dehumanisation. In July 1992, an international conference Women in Africa and in the African Diaspora (WAAD) was held in Nigeria. WAAD was a rare […]

Read more

The BBC remains incapable of using appropriate language

This is the title of a BBC article: Brig Gen Jeffrey Sinclear Pleads guilty to charges in sex case. The General actually pled “guilty to improper relationships with two female Army officers, violating orders by possessing pornography in Afghanistan, and conduct unbecoming of an officer.” A criminal trial will continue for 5 remaining charges which include threats and sexual assault. […]

Read more

Fictional characters way more likely to die after abortion

Fictional characters way more likely to die after abortion than real people (full infographic and (c) ansirh.org). Commentary, feministing: Reproductive health researchers from ANSIRH recently did a census of all abortion-related storylines in American television shows and films. Although we’ve lamented the dearth of abortions on screen–particularly on primetime TV shows–according to the survey, over the last century, there’ve been 385 abortion storylines in […]

Read more

Media is ‘failing women’

The Women’s Media Center released its third annual Status of Women in the U.S. Media report today, and if you’ve been paying any attention to gender imbalances across print, broadcast and online platforms, it’s more of the same. Men – especially white men – vastly outnumber women. Still. “The media is failing women across the board,” Women’s Media Center president Julie […]

Read more

Amanda Knox and the ‘Femme Fatale’ Complex

The murder of British student Meredith Kercher is infamous worldwide – even inspiring upcoming blockbuster The Face of an Angel. Now, two individuals – Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito – have been found guilty of the student’s murder for the second time. This article, however, is not concerned with the case for and against the defendants, but rather about why […]

Read more

We need to talk about the UK media war on women.

We need to talk about the UK media war on women. By the ever brilliant @SarahGraham7 on @opendemocracy. A number of years ago I heard British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Bidisha quote feminist academic Germaine Greer: “The corporation changes the woman before the woman changes the corporation.” These words have weighed heavily on me in the early years of my journalism career. […]

Read more

Responsible reporting of rape and sexual assault

Reports of sex slavery and rape alongside naked pictures on page 3 minimise sexual violence and titillate the reader. Yet more reasons for #nomorepage3. This kind of sensationalised reporting causes real harm by minimising and eroticising sexual violence against women. The fact is that stories of abuse which are placed next to soft porn on the next page are designed […]

Read more
1 2 3 4