The Federation Press

Sexed Crime in the News


What is sex crime and how is it reported in the news?

The media treat cases of sexual assault followed by murder as sex crimes, but what does murder have to do with sex? Is family violence sex crime? What is the sex of sex crime and what is sexual about crimes of violence? Are attacks on sexual minorities sex crimes? What happens when sex crime is made to declare its sex and its gender?

This book challenges the self-evidence and complacency of the idea of “sex crime” as it is reported in the print media. Confronting media-informed popular understandings of sex crime with sophisticated theoretical approaches to questions of sex and gender, the contributors invite readers to rethink the relationship between sex and violent crime. In the process, they open up the idea of sexed crime to new interpretative possibilities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sex, sex ... sexed crime in the news

Racialising reports of men’s violence against women in the print media
Catriona Elder

Notes from a ‘war’ zone: reporting domestic/family/home/epidemic (men’s) violence
Adrian Howe

Reckless sex: the discursive containment of gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS
Cherry Grimwade

The case of the missing body: the ‘Ormond College’ case and the media
Jenna Mead

‘Damned in the eyes of the world’: the media, sexed crime and Tasmania’s anti-gay laws
Wayne Morgan

Just a passing attraction: the Tasty Club raid and the vanishing homosexual
Susanne Davies

Towards 2000: child sexual abuse and the media
Chris Atmore

Violence as seduction: Enduring genres of rape
Alison Young


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