Subversive Victims? The (non)Reporting of Sexual Violence against Male Victims During the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina

TitleSubversive Victims? The (non)Reporting of Sexual Violence against Male Victims During the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHouge, Anette Bringedal
JournalNordicom Review
Volume29
Issue1
Pagination63-78
Date Published2008
Abstract

This article measures and evaluates the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten’s coverage of the extensive use of sexual violence during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a particular focus on sexual violence against men. According to an extensive report written by a UN Commission of Experts, the use of sexual violence against men as well as women was widespread and took place on all sides of the conflict. Yet what we heard about sexual violence in the media concerned women victims almost exclusively. The purpose of this study is to analyse the coverage with respect to gender from a feminist, critical constructivist perspective. The present argument is that the coverage of male victims is insufficient. According to the framework, this involves several constraints related to the power of dominant masculinity constructs and the social stigma attached to sexual violence, as well as some poor journalism, or lack of knowledge on the part of journalists.

URLhttp://www.academia.edu/download/30869566/264_houge.pdf
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