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Media representation of violence against women: why do the papers give celebrities a pass?

This blog is the fourth in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project. Read her first blog here, her second blog here and her third blog here. Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.

During my media monitoring I noticed several stories on VAW involved a celebrity. The reporting on these incidents varied greatly between celebrity as perpetrator and celebrity as victim/survivor. Eight articles mentioned a celebrity: two as perpetrator and six as victim. All but one column were in the tabloids. This blog will examine the difference in representations of VAW dependent on the celebrity’s role.

The blame shame: why do we persist in holding victims partly responsible for sexual assault?

Annie McLaughlin is the winner of the 2016 Write to End Violence Against Women bursary. She will be writing articles for our media partner, the Sunday Herald, around the topics of violence against women and gender equality. Find out more about Annie here.

This article originally appeared on the Herald Scotland. Read it here.

Media representation of violence against women: the reality of elderly perpetrators

This blog is the third in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project. Read her first blog here, her second blog here, and her fourth blog here. Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.

Media representation of violence against women: why we need to talk about the Navy

This blog is the second in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project. Read her first blog here, her third blog here, and her fourth blog here. Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.

As part of a series of blogs based on a week’s monitoring of Scottish newspaper coverage of VAW I can safely say: we need to talk about the Navy. The Royal Navy featured prominently during my focus week attracting both positive and negative press relating to different forms of VAW. 5 articles reported on an alleged rape by a Navy sailor and a further 3 discussed the Navy’s ban on the display of pornographic images in cabins.

Media representation of violence against women: what's the situation in Scotland

This blog is the first in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project. Over the next three weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study. Read her second blog here, her third blog here, and her fourth blog here.

As part of my Masters degree in Gender Studies at the University of Stirling, I have recently undertaken a placement with Zero Tolerance to analyse representations of violence against women (VAW) in the Scottish press. I studied eight national newspapers - The Scottish Sun, Scottish Daily Mirror, The Scottish Times, Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman, The Scottish Herald, The Scottish Daily Express and The Scottish Telegraph – for one week, reading every article relating to VAW and using ZT’s Handle with Care guide to determine good and bad practice.

Download Handle With Care here

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