Race and Gender in ‘News Media’: Reflection and Reinforcement

“Women receiving mainstream news coverage as sex crime victims are often categorized in one of the two ways. They are presented either as ‘virgins’ or ‘vamps.’ In ‘virgin’ rape stories, media coverage suggests that a perverted man, usually of  a lower class and darker complexion, has attacked a virtuous woman.The ‘vamp’ approach suggests that a woman’s physical appearance, dress, or behavior drove the perpetrator to commit rape. (Racism, Sexism, and the Media pg. 146)”

#rape #injustice #respectforwomen #rapeisnottheanswer

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