Smells like Slut Shaming

Dear Melbourne news media,

The following are a list of things relevant to the coverage of the horrific shootings in Melbourne on Monday:

  • The continued hunt for, and now capture of, the “alleged” gunman
  • The tragic death of a man who tried to help a woman who was being attacked
  • The recovery of the two surviving shooting victims, and the woman who was bashed

The following things are perhaps not:

  • Early reports of the incident that focussed on the salacious details of what was happening in the club before the gunman attacked, rather than what was known of the shootings
  • Details of what the two women wrote on their MySpace pages, including the breathless revelation in at least one media report that one of them confessed to liking pornography
  • The women’s enjoyment of posing for “porn girl” photos posted on the Internet
  • Ms Daly-Holt’s strip club work history
  • Either woman’s sexual orientation
  • Alleged romantic links between both women and the gunmen.  Since, you know, you’ve managed to link both of them to him since Monday with no definite evidence in either case

And seriously, If I hear one more comment along the lines of “well, would YOU have stopped to help a pole dancer?” (last two words inevitably spat out with more than a trace of venom), I am going to scream.

4 Responses to “Smells like Slut Shaming”

  1. Bryan Says:

    Welcome back.

    This reminds me of the news reports after a very good friend of mine was killed. They pointed out what she did for a living, the fact that she was a single mom, speculated on whether or not she was seeing one of her regular customers who happened to be a married man (and he wasn’t even a suspect as he was out of the country at the time), etc., etc., ad nauseam.

    Oh, and by the way, the police have no clues or suspects.

    Anyway, glad to see you’re posting again.

  2. adam Says:

    yeah. gr. but are you surprised?

  3. Bryan Says:

    Soooo…..

    What’s new?

  4. Bryan Says:

    Perhaps it’s time to post something witty… or fun even? I’d settle for hot and steamy.