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Investigating Rape Culture in News Coverage of the Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford Cases

Blumell, L. E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4608-9269 and Mulupi, D. (2021). Investigating Rape Culture in News Coverage of the Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford Cases. Violence Against Women, doi: 10.1177/10778012211021129

Abstract

This content analysis ( N = 1,527) examined the presence of rape culture acceptance (dismissal of event, victim blaming, discrediting survivor, and threats to survivor) and anti-rape culture (support for survivor, and mention of: systemic problem, rape culture, and male power dominance) in news coverage of Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Results show higher rape acceptance in Blasey Ford news coverage and no difference between the cases and anti-rape culture. Online news media focused on personal impact to Blasey Ford, while traditional news media focused on impact to Thomas Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in Violence Against Women, SAGE Publications. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012211021129 . Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses
Publisher Keywords: rape culture, anti-rape culture, Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, news media
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
Date available in CRO: 09 Aug 2021 11:00
Date deposited: 9 August 2021
Date of first online publication: 29 June 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26343
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