By Jerry A. Boggs
TAKE a look at the following U.S. homicide figures by sex for the year 2008, as reported by the FBI in “Murder Victims by Race and Sex in 2010:”
At this site, peruse in Table 313 the 2007 homicide rates by sex and race per 100,000 population:
White women are far more vocal than any other group about the violence, particularly murder, against women. Yet clearly they are the safest group!
White women, as can be seen, are by far the least victimized by homicide. Yet cable TV’s crime-show producers must think just the opposite. Consider some of their programs over the years (most now-defunct): Court TV’s “Forensic Files,” “Body of Evidence,” “I, Detective,” Discovery Channel’s “The New Detectives,” “Justice File,” “The FBI Files,” A&E’s “American Justice,” “Cold Case Files,” “Investigative Reports,” and “NCIS.” These programs covered one crime topic almost exclusively: the murder of white women — night after night after night….
If you checked out, for example, Court TV’s program descriptions, you’d think white women were virtually America’s only homicide victims. And some people, particularly ideological feminists such as Catharine MacKinnon, might be swayed to wonder if women are being hunted down and killed nearly like the Jews were in Hitler’s Germany.
But other people, after learning of the over 300-percent higher murder rate for men, may wonder why aren’t a lot more male homicides, especially black male homicides, qualifying as a worthy program topic. Instead, almost every time I channel-surf into one of these programs, including network programs such as “Date Line” and “20/20,” I find an investigation into the murder of a white woman. [For the record, I am white.]
“…[T]he rape and murder of women makes for regular prime-time entertainment on prestige dramas and low-budget procedurals alike….” -Salon.com, December 21, 2014
Suppose the programs’ producers somehow labor under the impression that women are murdered at a greater rate than men — which would make the producers as out of touch as flat-worlders — and that women’s murders therefore deserve near-exclusive coverage. Why, then, don’t they air the investigation of a black woman’s murder more than once in a blue moon, especially considering that black women are murdered at a rate three times higher than white women? I believe the producers are guilty of both racism and sexism.
Why this intense fixation on females? Do the producers see females as “worthy” victims? As profit-minded enterprisers, do they simply seek to capitalize on the gender compassion gap that generates more sympathy for female victims and hence draws more viewers and advertisers? Do they think sympathy for men is so deficient that TV viewers perceive male homicides as “Ho hum”? Or can I charge them with the crime of operating while under the influence of ideological feminists whose aim is to politicize murder as principally a crime against women and to hence justify evermore increases in government funding to protect women, especially, it seems, white women, who in fact are the safest group in America despite the notion of “a culture of violence against women,” a notion fueled largely by cable TV’s nightly parade of white female homicides?
Let’s tell the producers what we think about their biased programs!
(For more on how the media frighten American women, see the book, “Spin Sisters.”)