Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

A week of male violence, by Kirsty Strickland

I OFTEN wonder what a feminist newspaper would look like. Not a newspaper for women, with a target audience of only women, but a traditional newspaper which boasted truly feminist credentials in terms of its structure, reporting and coverage.

There would be obvious yet relatively minor differences. Women’s sport would be included on parity with the men’s. Women in politics would be robustly scrutinised, but for the policies rather than their clothes or reproductive decisions. Female expertise would be included unlike, for example, the 85 per cent of male academics that we currently see quoted.

There would be no up-skirt photos of celebrities, and scantily clad women wouldn’t be used to decorate the pages. Right now in Scotland there aren’t any female editors of major newspapers - a feminist newspaper would surely buck that trend.

Most newspapers have made strides in the last decade, but given that we still see damaging and sexist reporting fill the pages, some clearly haven’t gone far enough.

Perhaps the most marked difference we would see in our hypothetical feminist newspaper would be in how violence against women and girls is reported. Among our main newspapers this is an area which has proved problematic and hasn’t been reliably reported with care across the board. ...

 

This article was first published on 8.9.17. You can find the full text here.

 

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.

 

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