Rape and Race in the Canadian Press: Reproducing the Moral Order
Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Canada
- Corresponding Author:
- Yasmin Jiwani
Department of Communication Studies
Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Canada
E -mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 5, 2014; Accepted date: July 15, 2014; Published date: July 22, 2014
Citation: Jiwani Y (2014) Rape and Race in the Canadian Press: Reproducing the Moral Order. Arts Social Sci J S1-009 doi:10.4172/2151-6200.S1-009
Copyright: © 2014 Jiwani Y. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This paper traces the interlocking and intersecting frames of race and gender as they appear in stories about sexual assault that were published in The Globe and Mail, a major Canadian daily over a two-year period (2007-2008). I contextualize these frames within the overall patterns of reporting about sex crimes, paying particular attention to the economy of representations within which race and gender are naturalized in specific ways. I argue that the various striations that lie between the two sides of the binary of virgin and vamp are constituted by the intersecting influences of racism, sexism and classism. These layers are premised on taken-for-granted tropes, stereotypes and discursive moves reproducing sexist, racist discourses that re-entrench notions of worthy and unworthy victims. Sexual assault, which has usually been represented in pedestrian ways, acquires an aura of significance as a signal crime only when rendered intelligible through discursive constructions of racialized masculinities.