Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Reeva Steenkamp

The Art of Discussing Dead Women

Popular folklore has it, that Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, and the Sami speakers of Norway have over a thousand words for, ‘reindeer.* Snow and reindeer play central roles in their culture so we are very ready to believe this. As it turns out, the Inuits actually make artful use of suffixes attached 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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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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Moving Forward

Male violence against women and girls, commonly referred to by the acronym VAWG, is very much in the public consciousness right now. From campaigns fighting objectification (such as No More Page Three) to the high profile court case of Reeva Steencamp’s murder, it seems like open discussion and debate can be found at every turn. more »

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