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Lurid media frenzies reveal societal prejudice

Media frenzies sparked by tragic events such as the Oscar Pistorius shooting or the Madeleine McCann abduction illuminate the warped motives of the media-consuming world far more than they do those of the suspects that they scrutinize

By Deborah Orr  /  The Guardian

Whatever the outcome for Pistorius, individual views about his guilt or innocence will depend on whether the holder believes him to be a man who understands the absolute integrity of women as fully realized people, equal in the value of their life to men, or whether they believe him to be a man who absorbed the age-old cultural message that women should be passive, like objects. However, the ongoing tragedy is that as long as that latter propaganda continues to be perpetrated, men will be distrusted by women and women will be in mortal danger from men.

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