We need to talk about the UK media war on women

Originally published at Open Democracy. While Dylan Farrow’s child abuse allegations against Woody Allen hold the headlines, it is time for journalists to realise that sexual violence is not about evil individuals, Asian grooming gangs, or 1970s BBC culture. A number of years ago I heard British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Bidisha quote feminist academic […]

Just The Women: media portrayals of violence against women

Four women’s groups today published a report on media sexism, raising concerns about coverage of violence against women by the mainstream press. The joint report by Eaves, End Violence Against Women coalition, OBJECT and Equality Now, sampled 11 national newspapers over a two week period in September 2012, looking at examples of sexist and sexualised […]

Child abuse, online communities, and the BBC

Personne ne lit autant les journaux que les journalistes, qui, par ailleurs, ont tendance à penser que tout le monde lit tous les journaux. – Pierre Bourdieu, Sur la télévision This morning’s Online Journalism lecture with Paul Bradshaw, and guest speaker Paul Lewis, was on the importance of online communities. I’ve got a brilliant, witty, vibrant online […]