Doesn’t everyone love a good femicide? Feminist bloggers respond to media coverage of the slaughter in Ipswitch December 16, 2006Posted by Winter in media, misogyny, sex industry, violence.
There’s a woman-hating killer on the loose in Suffolk. Five young women are dead so far.
It will be a long time before we find a way to prevent these kind of murders from happening, but the way the media responds to them tells us a great deal about cultural attitudes to women and the men who kill them.
It is therefore horrifying to watch the mainstream British media loving every minute and feel them waiting in a state of tangible excitement for the next “naked,” “blonde,” “prostitute” body to be found dumped by the side of a road. They’ve even dubbed the sicko “ripper,” not because he rips anyone, but just to give him the supercool woman-killing status he’s no doubt seeking. Way to go! Feed a serial killer’s fantasies why don’t you?
I was going to try and write a longer post, but reading around, I don’t think there’s anything I can really add to what’s already being said, so I’m going to do a link farm instead.
The victims were over 18. Therefore they are women, not girls. Calling them girls trivialises and infantilises them. If five twentysomething males had been murdered, you would not be calling them ‘boys’.
Yes, the women were working as prostitutes, but this should not be their defining quality. They were friends, mothers, daughters, human beings. Please remember this.
By referring to the murderer as the ‘ripper’ and his victims as ‘vice girls’, you are deomnstrating that you care more about a good story that the fact that five innocent women have been killed. This is not an episode of ‘Prime Suspect’; it is reality.
The women’s hair colour is irrelevant. What next – vital statistics? I know you like to view women as a collection of body parts rather than as people, but have some fucking respect.
Tabloid journos: your hypocrisy disgusts me. How dare you promote your hatred of women and then in the same paper ask what kind of man could commit this crime? You view women as less than human; so does this killer
Some groups are trying to organise a Reclaim the Night marchg in Ipswtich to show solidairty with women there. See the F-Word for details and also this follow up post answering some queries about the event.
If you’ve written, or come across any other feminist posts on this horror feel free to leave links in the comments.