For an industry obsessed with itself (nothing like news of a journo being injured overseas to make the homepage of a website), the mainstream media has a pathetic lack of insight into its own behaviour. Today’s example, a Herald Sun story, picked up and made worse by News.com.au: Young Australians have no sympathy for sex victims.
So, let’s start with the headline: it should say “sexual assault victims”. “Sex victims” is meaningless. What, someone who is a victim of sex?
AN alarming number of young men and women feel sympathy towards footballers caught up in sex scandals.
They express the view that the women involved “knew what they were getting into”.
Facebook, text messaging and spreading Lara Bingle-style intimate pictures of women will be the focus of The Line campaign, which recognises teenagers experiencing their first relationships are often confused about what is and isn’t appropriate.
Lara Bingle-style intimate pictures? You mean the ones where someone else takes a photo of you naked and then shows other people and then shows journalists who publish it all over the fucking internet? Wow, nice way to blame the victim for other people’s douchebaggery. I haven’t seen a single news outlet acknowledge that their behaviour was much worse than Brendan Fevola’s (the guy who allegedly took the photo and showed team mates and then gave it to a journalist), since they then published the photo to a massive audience. Oh, did I mention that News.com.au put the photo of Lara in the story? Nice.
The research also found:
– ALMOST one in five youths aged 12-24 think a female should not be able to claim she was sexually assaulted if she was drunk or drug-affected and leading people on.
– ALMOST one in six thinks that if a female is wearing provocative clothing she is “definitely looking for it”.
So, more than five in six thinks wearing “provocative clothing” doesn’t mean a woman is “definitely looking for it”. And what is this “provocative clothing”? Ah, she provoked the attack, so it’s her fault she was attacked.
Framing the story as “hey, everyone thinks this is ok” when the numbers don’t back that up, plays an important role in spreading the idea that it is ok to sexual assault a woman in a short skirt. Indeed, the way the story is written reinforces the idea that women ask to be raped.
In March, footballer Brendan Fevola was forced to deny he had distributed naked pictures of model Lara Bingle.
“Forced to deny”. Sneaky. Fevola is re-framed as the victim being forced to do something.