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Media violence against women

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

The media are guilty of a form of violence against women and they don't even know it. This has been most clear in the response to the activities of the Tambourine Army.

The new movement has been the subject of gross mischaracterisation of media practitioners who have not done any due diligence in researching their work, instead of researching their 20-point plan and reading articles and letters written about both the #SayTheirNames movement and the Tambourine Army,.

The media have chosen not to focus on the healing work being planned by the Tambourine Army, the successful march, their submission to Parliament proposing amendments to the Sexual Offences Act, the planned self-defence trainings and all the other activities that they have listed in their 20-point plan.

institutionalised abuse

The media have not focused on their narrative on ending rape culture and disrupting the systemic and institutionalised abuse of and sexual violence against women and children.

The media, instead, have chosen to focus on the actions of one woman in using a tambourine to hit on the head a pastor who has since been arrested and charged for a sexual crime.

The media have chosen to focus on the reported schism that the Army is causing in the women's movement and the exaggerated backlash faced by the tambourine thrower.

This is the media's own form of institutionalised violence, in a manner of speaking. Here we have the beginning of an unapologetic movement that is not bound by respectability politics that is being misrepresented in many different spaces in the media.

While I understand that controversy sells and that the media are well within its remit to share any information out there about the movement, there is a limit to this.