author={Meenakshi Gigi Durham},
  journal={Journalism Studies},
  pages={1 - 12}
In March 2011, The New York Times reported the serial gang rape of a schoolgirl in the small town of Cleveland, Texas. Responses to the story were swift and damning: bloggers and commentators quickly identified the patriarchal and victim-blaming aspects of The Times' coverage, resulting in an influential petition and an apology from The Times. This study employs critical textual analysis to interrogate the critical responses to The Times story. The analysis reveals that commentators recognized… 
“You Have to Confess”: Rape and the Politics of Storytelling
This article examines the discourse of rape in contemporary culture, paying special attention to the courtroom setting, where rape victims are often required to tell cohesive, linear narratives that
“La Manada” in the digital sphere: coping with a sexual aggression case through Twitter
ABSTRACT The gang rape known as the “La Manada” case has had an unprecedented social impact in Spain. This research investigates how this case has been dealt with through Twitter by a collective
Feminist Killjoys and Women Scorned: An Analysis of News and Commentary on the Sexual Violence Allegations Against Julian Assange
This article examines digital media debate over sexual violence by analyzing news reports and reader comments on the rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Through analysis of
Celebrity-bashing or #MeToo contribution? New York Times Online readers debate the boundaries of hashtag feminism
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The agency factor: neoliberal configurations of risk in news discourse on the Steubenville, Ohio rape case
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SlutWalk, Feminism, and News
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A Culture of Rape: In Twentieth Century American Literature and Beyond
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Contextualizing the 1990 campus security act and campus sexual assault in intersectional and historical terms
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Murder Ballads: Nick Cave and His Approach to Killing in Song
Violence and murder have a strong cultural currency, the implications of which should be pursued by those with an interest in law and society, crime, and justice. Murder ballads are songs about death
Rape, storytelling and social media: how Twitter interrupted the news media’s ability to construct collective memory
Abstract This study, using the Mary Kay LeTourneau interview on ABC’s 20/20 television program, investigates how social media coupled with citizens’ voices interact with mainstream media in the


African American women and violence: gender, race, and class in the news
This study uses discourse analysis to examine the representation of violence against African American women in local TV news coverage of Freaknik, an annual “spring break” ritual that drew African
Framing Rape: An Examination of Public Relations Strategies in the Duke University Lacrosse Case
In Spring 2006, three White Duke University lacrosse players were charged with raping a Black female student from nearby North Carolina Central University at an off-campus party. Reports of the
Undermining Katie Couric: The Discipline Function of the Press
This study examines media framing of Katie Couric’s debut as the first woman to solo anchor the network evening news. A textual analysis of newspaper articles following her debut demonstrates that
Media attributions of blame and sympathy in ten rape cases
This study builds upon previous research investigating the nature of magazine coverage of rape cases between 1980 and 1996. The previous research examined the low versus high visibility cases vis-a ¤
Rape on Trial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change
Why has so much of the public discussion of rape focused on a few specific cases, and to what extent has this discussion incorporated the feminist perspective on rape? Rape on Trial explores these
"Bad" mothers : the politics of blame in twentieth-century America
In the past quarter century, "bad" mothers have moved noticeably toward center stage in American culture. While Susan Smith will eventually fade from the tabloids, the monster mother that she
Playing safe: Media coverage of child sexual abuse prevention strategies
Media coverage of preventing child sexual abuse in the UK during a complete 12-month period is examined to argue for a more diverse discussion about ways of preventing sexual violence against children, especially assaults by fathers, uncles, brothers and friends of the family.
Encoding and Decoding Rape News: How Progressive Reporting Inverts Textual Orientations
This case study traces hegemony in action by revealing aspects of the struggle over sexual assault discourse in the related moments of encoding, text, and decoding. The study suggests that meaningful
From Cheesecake to Chief: Newspaper Editors' Slow Acceptance of Women
Abstract The struggle of women journalists to achieve equality in the newsroom begs the question of whether editors were reflecting social mores or practicing a more virulent form of male supremacy.
Twice Hurt: How Newspaper Coverage May Reduce Empathy and Engender Blame for Female Victims of Crime
In a content analysis of 148 newspaper articles we examined whether victims of violent crime (excluding sex crimes) are treated differently according to their gender. Articles taken from 4 newspapers