Extract from my book, FixedIt: Violence and the representation of women in the media, published by Penguin Random House: The Good Bloke, the Great Guy, the Loving Father, the Amazing Hubby, the Pillar of Society. Also known as: the man who killed his partner and/or children. The Good Guy trope is so ubiquitous in news reports about men who...

FixedIt: going to a hotel was not the crime

The Age reported that a music teacher from Geelong was jailed for grooming and sexually abusing a 17 year old girl who was his student at the time.  The girl was in his care. The school, her parents and most importantly, the girl herself, trusted him to teach her and take seriously his responsibility as...

FixedIt: How serious is she?

Yahoo News reported a man was arrested for a “domestic violence offence” after allegedly stabbing a woman in the chest. She’s now in hospital with life threatening injuries. It’s a typical rehashing of a police media report where few details are available on the day of the attack. Also, the man has been charged, so...

FixedIt: Britney Watson was a person not a wheelie bin

Channel 7 News, Perth Now, and Yahoo News, reported the alleged murder of Britney Watson as a “wheelie bin death”.  Britney Watson was not a wheelie bin, she was a person.  She didn’t die, she was killed.  Describing the killing of Britney Watson as a “wheelie bin death” is inaccurate, dehumanising, sensationalist and ignorant. A...

FixedIt: What are you reporting?

The Age reported that a man has been charged with murder after his wife’s body was discovered in a home in Queensland last week. Although, you wouldn’t know that from this headline.  The fact that her body was not discovered until a day later is relevant but it’s not even close to being the main...

FixedIt: why was he in court?

The Courier Mail reported that a man was charged with three breaches of domestic violence orders, although you wouldn’t know this from the headline. Losing his home, his job and his wife was not the reason for his court appearance. These are terrible things to deal with but they’re not crimes and you don’t go...

© Jane Gilmore 2014