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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 more »

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Invisible perpetrators, blameable victims: why is gendered violence still reported this way?

A “spurned lover” who punched his ex-girlfriend, a murderer who had “a sexual interest” in his victim and a “Tinder stabber” have all made headlines in the past week. All those headlines, which are sadly a common response to men’s violence against women, are also a revolting misuse of the power of mainstream media. A more »

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False rape allegations are rare – rape is not. Stop using the case of Jemma Beale to discredit all women

False allegations of rape are rare – rape itself is not. It’s understandable, then, that instances of the former are more likely to hit the headlines than the latter. Why report on a phenomenon that is commonplace, affecting an estimated 85,000 women in England and Wales every year? Rape isn’t news. By contrast, criminal convictions more »

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Michael Beck: Why labelling men who kill as ‘non-violen’t is irresponsible journalism

Every single week, 2 men in England and Wales make a choice to kill their current or former partner. Despite the fact that these men consistently have a history of domestic violence, the media insists on reporting comments from random neighbours claiming that these men are ‘caring fathers’, ‘loving brothers’, ‘quiet neighbours’,  and, as above, ‘non more »

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Blaming victims of male violence just reinforces the abuse, by @vonny_bravo

WHEN I think of how we respond to female victims, I think of the Victorians. Specifically of their approach to mourning, particularly in respect to women in the upper classes. When someone died – a parent, a husband a child – women partook in a complex set of rituals that dictated everything from their dress more »

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.@perthnow suggests child rape is the same as a ‘sexual relationship’

  This article on the sentencing of a father for child rape is a catalogue of minimisation and excuses for child rape. It is literally a guide for defence attorneys and child rapists. This article is one of the most egregious examples of media erasure of male violence. We’re stunned that they used the term ‘sexual relationship’ more »

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A woman and 2 children are murdered. The media reports about John Lennon’s former flat.

A woman and 2 children have been murdered in what the police are once again calling “a domestic incident” – as though murder were nothing more than an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes. The continuing inability of the police to be clear about the reality of male violence against women and more »

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MEDIA REPORTING AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE NAVY

This blog is the second in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project.  Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.  You more »

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News media still protect powerful men accused of sexual misconduct by Lindsey Blumell

When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was finally fired after years of sexual harassment claims, it seemed like a welcome break from the norm: an exceptionally powerful man accused of sexual misconduct was for once not protected at all costs. While various harassment claims against Donald Trump failed to stop him in his path to more »

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The 2016 Short list for the Write to End Violence against Women Awards.

We are very proud to support Zero Tolerance’s Write to End Violence Against Women award for the second year. Below are the short listed nominees for all categories. Best Article – News Sexist hate crimes given second-class status, says senior Tory MP Libby Brooks Alleged rape victims not being told they can challenge moves to reveal more »

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