It is a long-established trope that victims of crime must fit a stereotype in order to fully deserve the justice available to them. Desirable qualities include being law-abiding, hard-working and friendly, while race and class are significant determinants in the media reporting of crime. Moreover, the “ideal victim” should be weak and defenceless; ultimately, their … More Who is the real victim here?
Lorena Bobbitt and Monica Lewinsky. These two previously unknown names gained world-famous notoriety in the 1990s, and public hunger for detail was fuelled by media sensationalism. Serious news stories were eclipsed for weeks in favour of salacious jokes about blue dresses and kitchen knives and even now, the very mention of Bobbitt or Lewinsky … More A tale of two scandals