Gender Representation in Canadian Print Media
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This paper relates that an article by D. Bramham in the "Vancouver Sun" most often highlights Asian women as being the victims in the sex trade perpetuated through Craigslist advertisements to the neglect of exposing pedophiles, child pornography and crimes against other races of women. This sense of skewed focus and silence that pervade gender relations especially as they are influenced by criminal activity, the author explains, is something that other articles have addressed. The paper concludes that, while Bramham's article appears to expose Craigslist for its crime against certain sectors, its failure to reveal other types of sex related crimes perpetuates these acts by not making the public more aware of them.
From the Paper:"Another article by Jiwani makes a similar point by means of relating the story of Reena Virk, a young Asian woman who was murdered by her peers. The Virk story is interesting because of the many elements and horrors surrounding it. The author contends that media coverage surrounding the story focused so much on certain aspects of it - the most spectacular and obvious aspects - that the more subtle paradigms of racism and racial explanations of the murder have been subverted by means of omission. As in all other writings concerning media coverage, these stories have led the social consciousness to also turn its attention only to the most obvious and glaring facets of the case, often neglecting the subtle and much more socially abusive paradigms leading to Reena Virk's suffering and death. Indeed, by privileging and anti-feminist interpretation of the murder, the media effectively subverted both racism and sexism as elements of the crime; thus perpetuating the sense of injustice surrounding the murder.
"Fellows and Razack posit another interesting position relating the feminism and the victimization of the female. According to the authors, females are victimized not only by their male counterparts, but also by each other in terms of race and class."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bramham, D. (2010). Craigslist pressured to eliminate sex ads, but they're still just a couple clicks away. Vancouver Sun, Oct. 14.
- Fellows, M.L. and Razack, S. (1998). The Race to Innocence: Confronting Hierarchical Relations among Women. The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice.
- Jiwani, Y. Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk.
- Jiwani, Y. and Young, M.L. (2006). Missing and Murdered Women: Reproducing Marginality in News Discourse. Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 31.
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