See what I did there? I used the passive voice in a headline about using the passive voice in headlines. Hilarious! Or it would be if this wasn’t such a persistent trick to erase men’s violence and their responsibility for the choices they make.

This one from the Newcastle Herald is certainly from the worst I’ve ever seen, but I wonder how bad it feels for the woman who was “held against her will”.

I’ve can’t count all the posts I’ve written about passive voice headlines. The most recent one was a pretty good explainer about the difference between passive and active voice and how it’s used to blame victims and erase perpetrators. It’s in the post about the “Blue Mountains rape” (the Blue Mountains were not raped, a girl was raped) which you can find on my feed or my website.


If you’re reading this on social media, links to all the articles are on the post on my website:

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