Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rape is Rape, Even if She's Older
Do you consider this agism? Highlighting a rape victim's age in a headline because she was 73? Would that have happened if she was 49? 20?
In a letter to the editor, a writer asks the New York Times why it didn't call the victim the "Central Park Birder" -- much as the rape victim of decades ago was called the "Central Park Jogger."
Here's the letter:
And here's the original story:
And since you're now into it... here's a follow-up story.
(Both were written by former Inquirer and later Philadelphia Daily News writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Ruderman.)
Was age played up too much? At what age is rape shocking?