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Title: A space to resist rape myths? Journalism, patriarchy and sexual violence
Authors: Santos, Sofia José 
Garraio, Júlia 
Carvalho, Alexandre de Sousa
Amaral, Inês
Keywords: Media; Sexual violence; Journalism; Rape; Portugal
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2021
Publisher: Sage
Project: PTDC/COM-CSS/31740/2017 
Serial title, monograph or event: European Journal of Women's Studies
Abstract: In September 2018, a controversial judicial sentence concerning sexual violence caused a public outcry in Portugal. The court decision invoked the alleged environment of mutual seduction, the use of much alcohol consumption, and the lack of serious injuries to justify the suspended penalty. Stemming from the idea that understandings of what journalism is and what it should be are profoundly ideological and that notions of what it means to be and to behave like a woman and as a man have been developed (and altered over time) based on shifting realities within generalised patriarchal structures, this article intends to critically analyse the news media coverage of the controversial judicial sentence on this rape case in Portugal exploring the implications objective-based journalism entails for gender equality. As such, it will identify the shortcomings of objectivity and its leeway when covering sexual violence exploring how objective-based journalism provides room to (re)negotiate practices, norms, identities, and meanings concerning sexual violence, particularly rape and rape myths, and questioning whether a margin of maneuvre is enough to deconstruct patriarchal assumptions of feminity, masculinity and sexuality.
Description: First Published November 30, 2021
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ISSN: 1350-5068
DOI: 10.1177/13505068211048465
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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