Marian Meyers explores evidence that shows that news coverage in
North American cities routinely depicts criminal violence against
females differently from the way it depicts violence against males.
She argues that this serves to perpetuate traditional,
inegalitarian gender stereotyping.
Using original research and qualitative textual analysis, the
author discloses the underlying ideology, myths and assumptions
within news coverage, and points out the ways in which news
broadcasting affects how we view the world and our lives. Meyers
advocates a re-examination of crime news from a feminist
perspective and a broadening of traditional understandings of the
social construction of news to include issues of gender, race and
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