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Oscar Pistorius

In the News (18.7.16)

Oscar Pistorius sentence: an homage to celebrity and white privilege by Ranjeni Munusamy Faced with the prospect of a 15-year prison sentence for murder, few people would opt to tell their life story in a lengthy interview with an international television station. Then again, most of us do not lead such exceptional lives. Most of us do more »

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In the News: 13.6-20.6

The Stanford rape and the social media effect by Winnie M Li At the time of my own rape, I found myself Googling news stories and reading what complete strangers were saying about it. Yet, nowhere was there a place for me, the victim, to speak. The Stanford rape victim and social media have changed more »

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Thoughts on male violence following the Pistorius trial

Pistorius’ sentencing is complete. I’m outraged. I’m angry. Sian Norris wrote a piece for The Independent last week that echoed my thoughts on how society values men’s lives over women’s, which is why when I checked my Twitter feed for an update at work today those feelings were not accompanied by surprise. I knew it more »

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Reeva Steenkamp Was Not Killed By Love. It Was Domestic Violence.

Today, Oscar Pistorious was found Not Guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. A verdict of culpable homicide was delivered. In the lead up to the verdict’s deliverance, Mark Williams-Thomas wrote for British newspaper, The Mirror, stating that he believed Pistorious’s version of events. Furthermore, he used his article to comment on Pistorious’s love for more »

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Oscar Pistorius drinking game

Spotted this on the ‘Overheard in Waitrose’ group on Facebook-a link to a Oscar Pistorius drinking game.. the rules being every time there’s a toilet break, you have to take four shots. It’s disgusting on many levels, tried to report the post but there was no link to report it as spam, unfortunately. The link more »

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Alas Smith and Tones: the ongoing inappropriate reporting of the Pistorius murder tiral

I had really hoped that I wouldn’t have to be writing about the appalling highly subjective reporting of the Pistorius murder trial again, however, after reading today’s Guardian online (the Observer) article, I felt compelled to boot up the laptop regarding David Smith’s latest offering. Today’s choice headline is: So, the brutal and violent killing of Reeva more »

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The art of embellishing the histrionics of Pistorius

It’s grim enough hearing about Pistorius’s histrionics in court, but embellishing them is not reporting the facts. It is sheer bias. Exhibit number 1, I give you the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith, who has been reporting on the trial. Smith appears to be getting carried away with his prose in what reads more like more »

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Who, exactly, is the victim here?

I have read a lot of novels. I like reading. So I may be forgiven for wondering if the Guardian had accidentally published the first page of a novel instead of its article on the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, who shot Reeva Steenkamp dead. Let’s start with the title: “Oscar Pistorius’s emotional apology to more »

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