Look at the wording here

This is a headline in today’s Guardian:

Headline 07May15

Notice the lack of a turn of phrase using the word ‘alleged’, or inverted commas around ‘raped’ (even though the trial is still underway). When the ‘alleged’ victim is a woman, ‘alleged’ is always used, I cannot recall ever seeing it otherwise, even when the victim is under the age of consent (and even worse, in some papers, where they use words like ‘affair’).

I have noticed this before, in the case of a teenaged boy who was raped by two men in shopping center toilets – the way it was reported, there was no doubt that it did happen. These things always pop up, and I make a mental note, but never have all the instances in front of me at the same time. I am putting this up so it will be here for next time.


3 responses

  1. Scifimaster92

    On a somewhat related note, I was wondering what your opinions are on this story (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/three-women-kidnap-man-rape-him-and-steal-his-semen-in-south-africa-10233198.html)? Personally, I find the article a bit suspicious since the general tone of it is very MRA-like, as are the vast majority of the comments.

  2. keep a google alert for man raped and you will see over and over again,that when men report rape it is taken at face value. Never is it reported that a man had sex that he claims to have been nonconsensual,or other victim blaming language.

  3. Scifimaster92, even if it is true, the vast majority of sexual violence, including sexual violence against men, is committed by men.

    stchauvinism, it’s no great surprise, in a society that only considers men to be fully human.

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