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Hiding in Plain Sight: Gender, Sexism & Press Coverage of the Jimmy Savile Case (Forthcoming/Available Online)

Citation
Boyle K (2017) Hiding in Plain Sight: Gender, Sexism & Press Coverage of the Jimmy Savile Case (Forthcoming/Available Online), Journalism Studies.

Abstract
In 2012 – less than 12 months after his death – TV personality Jimmy Savile was revealed to have been a prolific sexual abuser of children and young adults, mainly girls and women. This study advances research on the gendering of violence in news discourse by examining press coverage in the period leading up to Savile’s unmasking. It investigates the conditions in which Savile’s predatory behaviour – widely acknowledged in his lifetime – finally became recast as (child sexual) abuse. Specifically, it challenges the gender-blind analyses of media coverage which have typified academic responses to date, arguing that Savile’s crimes – and the reporting of them – need to be understood in the broader context of everyday sexism: a contemporary, as well as an historic, issue.

Keywords
Jimmy Savile; news; journalism; gender; child sexual abuse; gender-based violence

StatusIn press
AuthorsBoyle Karen
Publication date online03/02/2017
Date accepted by journal03/02/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1461-670x
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journalism Studies

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