With the heated discussion around #MeToo, journalistic reporting on domestic abuse, and the popularity of true crime documentaries, gendered media discourse around violence and harassment has never been more prominent.

The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this important subject and is the first collection on media and violence to take a gendered, intersectional approach. Comprising over 50 chapters by a team of interdisciplinary and international contributors, the book is structured around the following parts:

  • News
  • Representing reality
  • Gender-based violence online
  • Feminist responses

The media examples examined range from Australia to Zimbabwe and span print and online news, documentary film and television, podcasts, pornography, memoir, comedy, memes, influencer videos, and digital feminist protest. Types of violence considered include domestic abuse, "honour"-based violence, sexual violence and harassment, female genital mutilation/cutting, child sexual abuse, transphobic violence, and the aftermath of conflict. Good practice is considered in relation to both responsible news reporting and pedagogy.

The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence is essential reading for students and researchers in Gender Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, and Criminology.

Chapter 30 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 license.

chapter |12 pages


part 1|172 pages


chapter |8 pages


Introduction to Part 1

chapter 1|11 pages

“Sensational spikes” and “isolated incidents”

Examining the misrepresentation of domestic abuse by the media using the case studies of football and Covid-19

chapter 4|10 pages

Towards a fair justice system in Canada

Women and girls homicide database project

chapter 5|10 pages

Familicide, gender and “mental illness”

Beyond false dualisms

chapter 6|9 pages

75Femminicidio in Italian televised news

A case study of La Vita in Diretta

chapter 7|11 pages

Cruel benevolence

Vulnerable menaces, menacing vulnerabilities and the white male vigilante trope

chapter 12|9 pages

The HIV man, Alexandra man and Hotboy

Swedish news coverage of rape as a folklore of fear

chapter 13|10 pages

Forward and backwards

Sexual violence in Portuguese news media

part 2|144 pages

Representing reality

chapter |7 pages

Representing reality

Introduction to Part 2

chapter 17|10 pages

The politics of the traumatised voice

Communicative injustice and structural silencing in contemporary media culture

chapter 18|9 pages

Public survivors

The burdens and possibilities of speaking as a survivor

chapter 21|10 pages

Sexual violence and social justice

The celebrity #MeToo documentary in the US

chapter 24|10 pages

Victimhood and violence

Weaponising white femininity in South Africa

chapter 25|10 pages

Pregnant and disappeared

The Missing White Woman Syndrome in magazines

chapter 27|10 pages

Just a fantasy

How the discourse of fantasy attempts to resolve the conflicts of porn consumption

chapter 28|10 pages

Patriarchal protectors of the national body

Violence, masculinity and gendered constructions of the US/Mexico border

part 3|154 pages

Gender-based violence online

chapter |6 pages

Gender-based violence online

Introduction to Part 3

chapter 31|11 pages

Technology-facilitated abuse

Intimate partner violence in digital society

chapter 32|10 pages

Tactics of hate

Toxic “creativity” in anti-feminist men's rights politics

chapter 34|11 pages

Networked misogyny on TikTok

A critical conjuncture

chapter 35|11 pages

Naming and framing the harms of cyberflashing

Men sending non-consensual dick pics

chapter 37|11 pages

Online child sexual exploitation in the news

Competing claims of gendered and sexual harm

chapter 40|10 pages

Online discourses of violence against men

Portrayals of neglect, discrimination and equality gone too far

chapter 41|10 pages

The curious case of Karen Carney

The argument for equity over equality in curbing the online abuse of women in sports media

chapter 42|10 pages

“Online othering”

The case of women in politics

part 4|138 pages

Feminist responses

chapter |6 pages

Feminist responses

Introduction to Part 4

chapter 45|10 pages

Engaging men online

Using online media for violence prevention with men and boys

chapter 46|10 pages

Hashtag feminism in Brazil

Making sense of gender-based violence with #PrimeiroAssédio

chapter 47|11 pages

After the affect

The tenuous leadership of viral feminists

chapter 48|9 pages

Mediatisation of women's rage in Spain

Strategies of discursive transformation in digital spaces

chapter 49|12 pages

Hashtag feminism straddling the Americas

A comparison between #NiUnaMenos and #MeToo

chapter 51|10 pages

Women 2020

How Pakistani feminisms unfolded between Twitter and the streets

chapter 53|9 pages

Controversies, protests, coalitions

Screen media's lessons from the past

chapter 56|10 pages

Rethinking the curriculum

#MeToo and contemporary literary studies

chapter 57|10 pages

I won't look

Refusing to engage with gender-based violence in women-led screen media