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SecretSpy Thu 15-Sep-16 17:13:30

Is it just me?

I feel really fed up of women being discussed in the news simply in relation to other people, particularly men.

I've just read about a tragic shooting in London. The victims are named as 'a mother of nine and nephew'
Why not named as xx, a woman from abc borough.

If it was a man in the same circumstances, would it be the main descriptor, that it's a dad who has been killed? Or are they men first and fathers second.

flowers And condolences to the family of course.

SecretSpy Thu 15-Sep-16 17:16:27

And my personal anecdata, my mum's death was locally reported (quite a while ago, I admit, as 'Wife dies in xyz' and all I could think was wife? That's what matters is it, she was a wife to a real person, someone with testicles. She was a person in her own right ffs not an add-on.

VestalVirgin Thu 15-Sep-16 17:57:40

I noticed that too. The worst thing was when a woman was killed by her (ex?) husband, and her mother was referred to as "mother in law". Horrid!

deydododatdodontdeydo Fri 16-Sep-16 08:42:38

It happens to women more, but men aren't immune to it.
"Dad of 3 dies in..." is surely a headline we've all seen.
Shoddy journalism, but what do we expect?

Ohflippinheck Fri 16-Sep-16 08:44:51

In this case the man is secondary to her. He is simply 'nephew'. So I don't think this is a gender thing at all, it's just the accepted way of writing headlines.

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