Rape Culture: You’re soaking in it
March 18, 2013
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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.