Media and Violence pays equal attention to the production, content and reception involved in any representation of violence. This book offers a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed. It examines the relationship of media, gender, and real-world violence; representations of violence in screen entertainment; the effects of violent media on consumers; the ethics and gender politics of the production processes of screen violence; and the discussions are illustrated with topical and well-known examples, enabling the reader to critically engage with the debates.

From Jack to O.J. – True Crimes of Male Violence

From Jack to O.J. – True Crimes of Male Violence

From Jack to O.J. – True crimes of male violence

Chapter Outline

This chapter examines the production of male violence against women as news, focusing, as the majority of work in this field has done, on print media. The chapter begins by considering which stories of violence are newsworthy and goes on to explore the construction of three major (if overlapping) stories of men's violence against women: sexual murder, non-fatal sexual abuse and domestic violence:

• Crime and violencenewsworthiness; the ‘law of opposites’
• ‘Rippers’ their apologists and mythologiststhe discourse of sexual murder; serial sex killers; seriality and the mass media
• Reporting sexual abusesex beasts and paedophiles; racialising the rapist; ‘false’ accusations
• Virgins and vampsvictim culpability; sexual double standards
• Domestic ...
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