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Rape Culture: You’re soaking in it

What’s important when you are writing a headline about a case of sexual assault? Making sure your headline isn’t triggering? Showing sensitivity to the alleged victim? Ensuring you’re not committing contempt of court?

Nah, it’s shoehorning in a comment on a 13-year-old girl’s sexual attractiveness.


And iphone screen grab from the Christchurch Press, with the headline “Man denies sex with ‘pretty hot’ 13-year-old”.

Yep. Because that’s relevant.

I don’t want to get into an argument about whether a 20 year old having sex with a 13 year old constitutes rape. But this headline, ladies and gentlemen? That’s rape culture.

2 responses to “Rape Culture: You’re soaking in it

    • tallulahspankhead March 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Yeah, I don’t know why that’s happening. It’s just a screen grab, in case a) they change the headline, and/or b) people don’t want to click on the article.

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