In Virgin or Vamp Benedict examines the press's treatment of four notorious sex crimes from the past decade--the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in. Virgin or Vamp: How The Press Covers Sex Crimes. By Helen Benedict. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992, 309 pp., $25.00 cloth, $10.95 paper. As Helen Benedict demonstrates in this book, the press has been remarkably to frame stories about violence against women in terms that discredit victims.
Benedict's thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the myths of rape that continue to pervade our culture. Benedict places media coverage of sex crimes into historical perspective and casts light on our understanding of sexual violence and gender relations. This is. Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes. Helen Benedict, Author Oxford University Press, USA $30 320p ISBN 978-0-19-506680-7. Tweet. More By and About This Author. ARTICLES. Helen. Jan 01, 1992 · Like about that girl who beat off her attacker - young, not good looking plain looking, and a minority. Which is what Benedict in part focuses on it in this book about how rape is reported by newspapers. The idea is that the news presents the vic either as a virgin or good girl or vamp bad girl.
Benedict, Helen. 1992, Virgin or vamp: how the press covers sex crimes / Helen Benedict Oxford University Press New York. Wikipedia Citation. Please see Wikipedia's template documentation for further citation fields that may be required. In her conclusion, Benedict analyzes the William Kennedy Smith rape case, and argues that the debate over naming victims is misconceived in light of the press's current lack of understanding about rape. More than a critique about the way the print press covers sex crimes, Virgin or Vamp also reveals the roots of rape coverage in the days of lynching, and shows how deep traditionalist views of women still run. Nov 22, 1992 · At first Ms. Benedict describes her book as "a critique of the way the print press covers sex crimes," but she soon discards this limitation to conclude, "Ultimately, the purpose of my book. Apr 28, 2007 · In Virgin or Vamp Benedict examines the press's treatment of four notorious sex crimes from the past decade--the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in Massachusetts, the "Preppy Murder" in New York City, and the Central Park jogger case--and shows how victims are labelled either as virgins or vamps, a. As an introduction, Benedict provides a history of press coverage of sex from the nineteenth century up until the 1970s. She exposes how the press consistently covers sex crimes with bias and reveals how the attacker is often portrayed as the innocent party and the victim becomes labelled a virgin or a vamp.
Jan 06, 1994 · In Virgin or Vamp Benedict examines the press's treatment of four notorious sex crimes from the past decade--the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in Massachusetts, the "Preppy Murder" in New York City, and the Central Park jogger case--and shows how victims are labelled either as virgins or vamps, a practice she condemns as misleading and harmful..
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