FixedIt: Child abusers don’t get to set the headlines

Jeremy Lysaght pleaded guilty to using the internet to groom children for sexual abuse. The ABC reported on his sentencing hearing under a headline quoting his attempt to blame his wife for his choices to commit criminal offences. Most of the article was devoted to his efforts to ascribe his crimes to alcohol, depression (self-diagnosed),...

The F Word Address

I was honoured to deliver the F Word Address at the Wheeler Centre this year. This is the speech as I wrote it but I spoke without notes so the actual delivery might have been slightly different. It’s a longish (10 to 15 minute read). Podcast is available on The Wheeler Centre website I think...

FixedIt – She’s a woman and a person, not her job

Channel 9 reported that Rashid Mohamed Abuuh was convicted on several charges over raping a woman in Canberra last year. Her job is not the most important thing to know about her. She is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent. Sex work is dangerous, but not because the people...

FixedIt – Murderers belong in headlines

News.com.au reported that a man shot and killed his estranged wife at Penn State campus. The man also killed himself so there won’t be a trial, but police told the media he lured his ex wife out of her workplace and shot her in the car park. State Police Lt Eric Hermick was quoted as...

FixedIt: Stop erasing perpetrators

Channel 9 News reported a 55 year old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of an eight year old girl. But they forgot to mention him in the headline. Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article...

FixedIt: He’s a child abuser not a PR Guru

News.com.au reported on Max Clifford’s death by reminding everyone about how he was a celebrity publicist and “PR Guru”. He’s not “disgraced” like he got caught with his hand in a cookie jar. He’s a convicted criminal. His crimes were among the most serious any person can commit. According to the Guardian, “Clifford was told...

© Jane Gilmore 2014