FixedIt: nothing subtle about victim blaming

April 26, 2022by Jane Gilmore

Mamamia published a report about Orsolya Gaal, who was killed ten days ago in New York. Police have charged 44-year-old David Bonola with her murder.

There’s nothing subtle about claiming Orsolya had an affair in the first sentence of a headline about the man who allegedly murdered her. It’s straight up victim blaming.

From their website: “Mamamia is a women’s media company with a purpose: to make the world a better place for women and girls.”

Headlining an article about a man allegedly killing a woman with a claim about her sexual history is not making the world a better place for women and girls. It is perpetuating everything that is dangerous, ignorant, and wrong with media reporting on men’s violence against women. That it comes from a publication claiming to advocate for women and girls only makes this dereliction even more egregious.

Links to the report and other sources are in the OP on my Patreon patreon.com/JaneGilmore

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the media’s constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it – even $5 a month makes a big difference – please consider becoming a Patron

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