In the Media, June 2016, Part One

In the media is a fortnightly round-up of features written by, about or containing female writers that have appeared during the previous fortnight and I think are insightful, interesting and/or thought provoking. Linking to them is not necessarily a sign that I agree with everything that’s said but it’s definitely an indication that they’ve made me think. I’m using the term ‘media’ to include social media, so links to blog posts as well as as traditional media are likely and the categories used are a guide, not definitives.


It’s impossible to begin with anything other than the Stanford rape case. The victim’s court statement was published on Buzzfeed and went viral. The piece, along with responses from Brock Turner’s father and friends, including a female friend who defended him, have prompted some impassioned and powerful pieces: Louise O’Neill wrote, ‘20 minutes is an awfully long time when you’re the one being raped‘ in the Irish Examiner; Estelle B. Freedman, ‘When Feminists Take On Judges Over Rape‘ in The New York Times; Sarah Lunnie, ‘Maybe the word “rapist” is a problem: The utility of nouns and verbs, or accepting who we are and what we do‘ on Salon; Adrienne LaFrance, ‘What Happens When People Stop Talking About the Stanford Rape Case?‘ on The Atlantic; Kim Saumell, ‘I was never raped but…‘ on Medium; Rebecca Makkai, ‘The Power and Limitations of Victim-Impact Statements‘ in The New Yorker; Roe McDermott, ‘He Said Nothing‘ on The Coven; Glosswitch, ‘Does the outrage over the Stanford rape case do anything to help victims?‘ in the New Statesman


The other big news this fortnight was Lisa McInerney’s debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, taking The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Justine Jordan wrote, ‘Sweary Lady’s riot of invention is a well-deserved winner of the Baileys prize‘ in The Guardian. While McInerney wrote about her working day for The Guardian and shared a secret in ‘Bad Behaviourism‘ on Scottish Book Trust

There’s a new series on Literary Hub about women writers in translation. Written by a group of translators, each fortnight they’re looking at a country and the women writers from there yet to be translated into English. So far they’ve covered Germany, China and Italy. I’ve added it to the regulars at the bottom of the page.

And finally, the excellent Jendella Benson has a new column on Media Diversified. This week’s is ‘How to Raise a Champion‘ and I’ve also added her to the list of regulars at the bottom of the page.


The best of the rest:

On or about books/writers/language:


Personal essays/memoir:




Society and Politics:

Dan Phillips

Film, Television, Music, Art, Fashion and Sport:


The interviews/profiles:


The regular columnists:

7 thoughts on “In the Media, June 2016, Part One

  1. Where to start on the Stanford Case…? Of course, it was in the news in Australia and social media breaks boundaries of news reporting anyway – apart from the obvious comments made about the ludicrously light sentence, the respect and compassion for the victim and the rescuers statements felt monumental – I can’t recall a case being broadcast so openly (in Australian media, anyway) before. And the pie chart you included? YES.

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    • I couldn’t even start with it. I’m so angry I can’t articulate my thoughts/feelings on it. That Glosswitch piece is interesting though as she says this sort of outrage has happened before and it just goes in circles.

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      • I did wonder what planet the rapist’s father is from, thinking his statement would ‘explain’ his son’s behaviour. Moron. No, far worse than that… I don’t even have the words.


  2. I’ve been deliberately avoiding reading about the Stanford case, but it’s impossible to avoid completely, and everything about it makes me shake. Especially the way the victim seems to have been so completely erased. And the coverage of the “heroes” who found Brock Turner and pulled him off, or chased him, or whatever they did. Fucksake. Classic cookie-giving. Not that they didn’t do a good thing – they absolutely did – but I’d be so much more impressed with them if they’d refused to have their grinning mugs plastered all over the media as “heroes” (read: outliers).

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    • I’ve wanted but haven’t felt able to comment on it as I’m so angry. As you’ve pointed out, all that’s happened as it’s played out is show how patriarchal structures dominate and how little has actually changed for women.

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