missing white woman syndrome

5 Oct

4.5 minute video deconstructing the missing white woman syndrome.

“The constant attention to white women’s vulnerability, even though it’s disproportionate, makes it seem as if they are especially likely to be a victim of violent crime. The risk that women of color will be victimized, then, is underestimated and not taken as seriously as it should be. Meanwhile, white women may confine themselves to safer-seeming leisure activities and occupational pursuits.

These patterns affirm the role of racism in news making — with violence against women of color apparently less newsworthy — and also shows that white women, though valorized, may self-curtail their lives out of fear that they are, accordingly, the most likely target of violence.”



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